bird·​seed | \ ˈbərd-ˌsēd How to pronounce birdseed (audio) \

Definition of birdseed

: a mixture of seeds (as of hemp, millet, and sunflowers) used for feeding caged and wild birds

Examples of birdseed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Brodhecker family was one of the first commercial sunflower seed operations in New Jersey, producing birdseed packages for the state Audubon Society. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 14 Sep. 2021 Someone had been leaving birdseed in the 99 Cents Only Store parking lot across the street, and the Saban ledge provided cafeteria seating with a view. Los Angeles Times, 9 Sep. 2021 Everybody had photos of bears in their backyards, in their pools, eating birdseed. Susan Dunne,, 30 Aug. 2021 Quality bird feeders are durable and crafted with sturdy materials to combat squirrels and other garden dwellers, easy to clean and set up, and tight enough to keep birdseed dry. Daria Smith, Southern Living, 24 Mar. 2021 While her children Peter and Margaret, then 6 and 4, planted pansies in the garden, Edge decorated the trees and shrubs with suet and scattered birdseed on the ground. Melissa Groo, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 Mar. 2021 Even better, pesky species like house sparrows and European starlings aren’t big fans of safflower, so won’t eat up as much of your birdseed. Outdoor Life, 26 Feb. 2021 His free cash goes toward birdseed, not capital improvements. Steve Rubenstein,, 1 Dec. 2020 Downloads of popular bird identification apps have spiked, and preliminary numbers show sales of bird feeders, nesting boxes, and birdseed have jumped even as demand for other nonessential goods plummets. Gillian Flaccus,, 2 May 2020

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First Known Use of birdseed

1736, in the meaning defined above

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“Birdseed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of birdseed

: seeds that are used for feeding birds

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