a grass, Poa trivialis, grown in temperate regions of North America largely for lawns and turf.
the knotgrass, Polygonum aviculare.
The individual sought has gone away, as in Jean hoped to meet her editor at long last, but when she arrived the bird had flown. This idiom has been used for an escaped prisoner, and more generally, as in 1655 by William Gurnall (The Christian in Complete Armour): “Man … knows not his time … […]
a box, usually fashioned to resemble a house, for birds to live in. an aviary. Historical Examples Followers of the Trail Zoe Meyer Beginner’s Book in Language H. Jeschke Folk-Lore and Legends: Oriental Charles John Tibbitts Dead Giveaway Gordon Randall Garrett noun (US) a small shelter or box for birds to nest in an enclosure […]
See under louse (def 2). any small, wingless insect of the order Anoplura (sucking louse) parasitic on humans and other mammals and having mouthparts adapted for sucking, as Pediculus humanus (body louse or head louse) and Phthirius pubis (crab louse or pubic louse) any insect of the order Mallophaga (bird louse, biting louse, or chewing […]
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 […]