Definition of birdlime :
1. An extremely adhesive viscid substance, usually made of the middle bark of the holly, by boiling, fermenting, and cleansing it. When a twig is smeared with this substance it will hold small birds which may light upon it. Hence: Anything which insnares.
2. To smear with birdlime; to catch with birdlime; to insnare.
calx, calcium hydroxide, quicklime, linden, lime tree, burnt lime, fluxing lime, basswood, calcium oxide, caustic lime, unslaked lime, lime hydrate, hydrated lime, calcined lime, lime, linden tree, slaked lime, calcium hydrate
- A thin wood is usually the spot chosen, and, under a tree at a little distance from the others, a cabin is erected, and there are only such branches left on the tree as are necessary for the placing of the birdlime, and which are covered with it. - "The Book of Household Management", Mrs. Isabella Beeton.
- Countess Lenzdorff smiled somewhat maliciously when Frau von Norbin, caught at last by this benevolent birdlime, plunged into a conversation with Frau von Geroldstein upon the most practical mode of nursing children. - "Countess Erika's Apprenticeship", Ossip Schubin.
- Another remarkable incident was, that during her whole pregnancy she constantly longed for everything she saw; nor could be satisfied with her wish unless she enjoyed it clandestinely; and as nature, by true and accurate observers, is remarked to give us no appetites without furnishing us with the means of gratifying them; so had she at this time a most marvellous glutinous quality attending her fingers, to which, as to birdlime, everything closely adhered that she handled. - "The History of the Life of the Late Mr. Jonathan Wild the Great", Henry Fielding.