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birdlime Line breaks: bird|lime
Pronunciation: /ˈbəːdlʌɪm/

Definition of birdlime in English:


[mass noun]
A sticky substance spread on to twigs to trap small birds.
Example sentences
  • I learn from the notes on my copy of Aesop's Fables that the ancient Greeks caught birds with ixos (‘birdlime’), a sticky substance usually made from crushed mistletoe berries, or sometimes from oak-gum or similar.
  • Oh, what unutterable corruption sticks, like birdlime, to all our motives, all our thoughts, all our words, all our actions!
  • Sulphur, along with charcoal and birdlime, was a principal component of 16th century gunpowder, and a method of producing it from copperas stones was discovered in 1570.

Words that rhyme with birdlime

quicklime • brooklime
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