Definition of birdlime in English:



  • A sticky substance spread on to twigs to trap small birds.

    • ‘The figure is that of a bird caught by alighting upon a twig smeared with the sticky substance called birdlime.’
    • ‘Sulphur, along with charcoal and birdlime, was a principal component of 16th century gunpowder, and a method of producing it from copperas stones was discovered in 1570.’
    • ‘I learn from the notes on my copy of Aesop's Fables that the ancient Greeks caught birds with ixos (‘birdlime’), a sticky substance usually made from crushed mistletoe berries, or sometimes from oak-gum or similar.’
    • ‘Oh, what unutterable corruption sticks, like birdlime, to all our motives, all our thoughts, all our words, all our actions!’
    • ‘Like the heedless bird that finds itself caught in a net or in birdlime: the more it beats its wings and strives to get loose, the more it entangles itself.’


  • 1Spread with birdlime.

    ‘he birdlimed the branch’
    • ‘The two men approached the net-covered, birdlimed branch with caution’
    • ‘Willow tucked up the long chiffon skirt and perched on the moldering birdlimed wall.’
    • ‘Sadly, birdliming continues to be practised in some countries.’
    • ‘Each family group sets off into the hills with its trap - a bamboo cane with the birdlimed twigs fixed at the top, looking much like a sticky umbrella - and a sack to put the birds in.’
    1. 1.1 Catch or trap with birdlime.
      • ‘Sadly, birdliming continues to be practised in some countries.’
      • ‘He would employ techniques such as birdliming, trapping, and snaring, and shooting.’