birdlime

noun
bird·​lime | \ ˈbərd-ˌlīm How to pronounce birdlime (audio) \

Definition of birdlime

1 : a sticky substance usually made from the bark of a holly (Ilex aquifolium) that is smeared on twigs to snare small birds
2 : something that ensnares

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birdlime transitive verb

First Known Use of birdlime

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Birdlime.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/birdlime. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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