a sticky material prepared from holly, mistletoe, or other plants, and smeared on twigs to catch small birds that light on it.
to smear with birdlime.
to catch or capture, as with birdlime:
to be birdlimed by flattery.
Historical Examples

Discoveries Made Upon Men and Matter Ben Jonson
David and the Phoenix Edward Ormondroyd
Santal Folk Tales A. Campbell
The Fables of Phdrus Phaedrus
Breton Legends Anonymous
The Daltons, Volume I (of II) Charles James Lever
Early Western Travels, 1748-1846, Volume XII William Faux
Flowers and Flower-Gardens David Lester Richardson
Children’s Literature Charles Madison Curry
In a Cheshire Garden Geoffrey Egerton-Warburton

a sticky substance, prepared from holly, mistletoe, or other plants, smeared on twigs to catch small birds
(transitive) to smear (twigs) with birdlime to catch (small birds)


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