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 His free cash goes toward birdseed, not capital improvements. Steve Rubenstein,, "Rent grant creates warmer holidays," 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,, "Bird-watching soars amid coronavirus as Americans head outdoors," 2 May 2020 Others can join in by forming an outdoor pattern out of birdseed, using a mobile app or tracing a finger labyrinth on paper (download one). oregonlive, "Mow a design in your lawn for World Labyrinth Day, stay calm during the coronavirus pandemic," 28 Apr. 2020 Hang the feeder somewhere that’s visible from your window, fill it with birdseed, and enjoy the views. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, "24 At-Home Activities That Will Bring You Joy This Spring," 9 Apr. 2020 Americans spend about $4 billion a year on birdseed, and varieties that attract diverse bird species might be more desirable, Lamberson said. Alia Malik,, "UT San Antonio grad student researching how backyard bird feeding affects winged population," 5 Mar. 2020 Most of these photos are the result of a careful study of animal behavior, patience and a lot of birdseed., "Community News For The Putnam-Killingly Edition," 21 Oct. 2019 Most of these photos are the result of a careful study of animal behavior, patience and a lot of birdseed., "Community News For The Putnam-Killingly Edition," 21 Oct. 2019 In the suburbs, turkeys can take advantage of edge habitat, like woods and open spaces, and dine on a never-ending buffet of food provided by people—particularly birdseed. National Geographic, "Wild turkeys are at a record high in New England—but not all are thankful.," 25 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of birdseed

1736, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of birdseed was in 1736

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6 Dec 2020

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“Birdseed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of birdseed

: seeds that are used for feeding birds

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