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Bird"lime` (&?;), n. [Bird + lime viscous substance.] An extremely adhesive viscid substance, usually made of the middle bark of the holly, by boiling, fermenting, and cleansing it. When a twig is smeared with this substance it will hold small birds which may light upon it. Hence: Anything which insnares.

Not birdlime or Idean pitch produce
A more tenacious mass of clammy juice.
Dryden.

&fist; Birdlime is also made from mistletoe, elder, etc.

Bird"lime`, v. t. To smear with birdlime; to catch with birdlime; to insnare.

When the heart is thus birdlimed, then it cleaves to everything it meets with.
Coodwin.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)



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