birdlime


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bird·lime

 (bûrd′līm′)
n.
1. A sticky substance that is smeared on branches or twigs to capture small birds.
2. Something that captures or ensnares.
tr.v. bird·limed, bird·lim·ing, bird·limes
1. To smear with birdlime.
2. To catch with or as if with birdlime.
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birdlime

(ˈbɜːdˌlaɪm)
n
(Hunting) a sticky substance, prepared from holly, mistletoe, or other plants, smeared on twigs to catch small birds
vb
(Hunting) (tr) to smear (twigs) with birdlime to catch (small birds)
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bird•lime

(ˈbɜrdˌlaɪm)

n., v. -limed, -lim•ing. n.
1. a sticky material smeared on twigs to catch small birds that alight.
v.t.
2. to smear or catch with or as if with birdlime.
[1400–50; late Middle English brydelyme. See bird, lime 1]
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birdlime


Past participle: birdlimed
Gerund: birdliming

Imperative
birdlime
birdlime
Present
I birdlime
you birdlime
he/she/it birdlimes
we birdlime
you birdlime
they birdlime
Preterite
I birdlimed
you birdlimed
he/she/it birdlimed
we birdlimed
you birdlimed
they birdlimed
Present Continuous
I am birdliming
you are birdliming
he/she/it is birdliming
we are birdliming
you are birdliming
they are birdliming
Present Perfect
I have birdlimed
you have birdlimed
he/she/it has birdlimed
we have birdlimed
you have birdlimed
they have birdlimed
Past Continuous
I was birdliming
you were birdliming
he/she/it was birdliming
we were birdliming
you were birdliming
they were birdliming
Past Perfect
I had birdlimed
you had birdlimed
he/she/it had birdlimed
we had birdlimed
you had birdlimed
they had birdlimed
Future
I will birdlime
you will birdlime
he/she/it will birdlime
we will birdlime
you will birdlime
they will birdlime
Future Perfect
I will have birdlimed
you will have birdlimed
he/she/it will have birdlimed
we will have birdlimed
you will have birdlimed
they will have birdlimed
Future Continuous
I will be birdliming
you will be birdliming
he/she/it will be birdliming
we will be birdliming
you will be birdliming
they will be birdliming
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been birdliming
you have been birdliming
he/she/it has been birdliming
we have been birdliming
you have been birdliming
they have been birdliming
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been birdliming
you will have been birdliming
he/she/it will have been birdliming
we will have been birdliming
you will have been birdliming
they will have been birdliming
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been birdliming
you had been birdliming
he/she/it had been birdliming
we had been birdliming
you had been birdliming
they had been birdliming
Conditional
I would birdlime
you would birdlime
he/she/it would birdlime
we would birdlime
you would birdlime
they would birdlime
Past Conditional
I would have birdlimed
you would have birdlimed
he/she/it would have birdlimed
we would have birdlimed
you would have birdlimed
they would have birdlimed
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.birdlime - a sticky adhesive that is smeared on small branches to capture small birdsbirdlime - a sticky adhesive that is smeared on small branches to capture small birds
adhesive, adhesive agent, adhesive material - a substance that unites or bonds surfaces together
Verb1.birdlime - spread birdlime on branches to catch birds
spread out, scatter, spread - strew or distribute over an area; "He spread fertilizer over the lawn"; "scatter cards across the table"
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Translations
Vogelleim
madárenyvmadárfogólép

birdlime

[ˈbɜːdlaɪm] Nliga f
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References in classic literature ?
Sometimes they catch them with a viscous birdlime that paralyses their movements.
Meanwhile the young stranger had made his way through the crowd, but, as he passed, he heard all around him such words muttered as "Look at the cockerel!" "Behold how he plumeth himself!" "I dare swear he cast good William unfairly!" "Yea, truly, saw ye not birdlime upon his hands?" "It would be well to cut his cock's comb!" To all this the stranger paid no heed, but strode proudly about as though he heard it not.
You could see that birdlime, greenish-white, covered much of the tree's lower branches, and was encrusted on the ground.
The common name is Anglo-Saxon for birdlime: Misteltan.
Simpson describes some of the bizarre protective coverings that the British folktale dragon-slayers wear: they have suits of armour "studded with spear-heads, razorblades, knives, spikes, or sharpened hooks" (Simpson, British Dragons 80); at other times the hero plasters himself in pitch or birdlime, possibly as a form of disguise.
(45.) See the Middle English Dictionary online for definitions of birdlime: "brid ~ [see brid 5.
It was used for capturing birds and thus is also designated as birdlime; see Deller 1991: 9-10; CAD T 445a s.v.
In Northern Nigeria, the soft gummy resin of the tree is popularly used as birdlime while the cold extracts, decoction and powder made from the roots and bark of the plant are used in traditional medicine for treating several diseases including insomnia, psychosis, depression (Audu, 1989) and also useful as an analgesic.