bird·​seed | \ˈbərd-ˌsēd \

Definition of birdseed 

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

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The fliers had been placed inside clear plastic bags that were weighed down with birdseed and left on residents’ driveways. Dan Morse, Washington Post, "Police in Maryland investigate KKK fliers left on driveways," 1 June 2018 The Tempe City Council recently OK'd an ordinance to reign in people who put out large amounts of birdseed, leading to large amounts of bird droppings and annoyed neighbors. Jerod Macdonald-evoy, azcentral, "Tempe residents should think twice before feeding birds," 5 May 2018 Almost every interview dovetails into the benefits of his tomato-free existence, with the charge of entry being a $200 cookbook and a $50 pouch of energizing birdseed. Conor Orr,, "Why Listening to Tom Brady Speak Has Reached a Point of Diminishing Return," 2 May 2018 First, remove what attracts them, like fallen fruit and birdseed, and then repel them with homemade recipes featuring hot peppers, peppermint oil, and vinegar. Sunset, "Top Tips to Keep Plants Safe from Garden Pests," 22 Jan. 2018 Tiny yellow spheres that resemble mustard seeds, millet is probably most well-known as an ingredient in birdseed but is a nourishing addition to human diets as well. Ashleigh Spitza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Millet, the underdog of grains, packs a punch of nutrients," 11 Apr. 2018 Pantry moths often go for birdseed, Hartzer says, so keep that away from the house and garage. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Rid of Moths," 31 Jan. 2018 The little oinkers consume 50 to 75 pounds of birdseed a month during the winter. Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, "When a waterfowl hunter spends more on birdseed than shotgun shells," 23 Jan. 2018 Keeping the area clean of any spilled birdseed will reduce the chances of more insects. Dick Crum, Indianapolis Star, "Dr. Dirt: Magnolia not commonly grown in Central Indiana," 20 Oct. 2017

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1736, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of birdseed

: seeds that are used for feeding birds

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a nest or breeding place

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