Definition of tanglefoot in English:



North American
  • 1trademark Material applied to a tree trunk as a grease band, especially to prevent infestation by insects.

    • ‘Make your own sticky trap by smearing Vaseline or Tanglefoot on a yellow surface and hang it up close to where the adults congregate.’
    • ‘Dead adult mites were rarely found in the Tanglefoot or inside of the enclosure, indicating that adult mortality was not a major contributor to mite fitness.’
    • ‘Ants were excluded by placing Tanglefoot around a tape and wax-paper sleeve at the base of the plant, and by clipping the surrounding vegetation.’
  • 2informal Intoxicating liquor, especially cheap whisky.