Lime twig
Lime Lime, n. [AS. l[=i]m; akin to D. lijm, G. leim, OHG. l[=i]m, Icel. l[=i]m, Sw. lim, Dan. liim, L. limus mud, linere to smear, and E. loam. [root]126. Cf. {Loam}, {Liniment}.] 1. Birdlime. [1913 Webster]

Like the lime That foolish birds are caught with. --Wordsworth. [1913 Webster]

2. (Chem.) Oxide of calcium, {CaO}; the white or gray, caustic substance, usually called {quicklime}, obtained by calcining limestone or shells, the heat driving off carbon dioxide and leaving lime. It develops great heat when treated with water, forming {slaked lime}, and is an essential ingredient of cement, plastering, mortar, etc. [1913 Webster +PJC]

Note: Lime is the principal constituent of limestone, marble, chalk, bones, shells, etc. [1913 Webster]

{Caustic lime}, Calcium hydroxide or slaked lime; also, in a less technical sense, calcium oxide or quicklime.

{Lime burner}, one who burns limestone, shells, etc., to make lime.

{Lime pit}, a limestone quarry.

{Lime rod}, {Lime twig}, a twig smeared with birdlime; hence, that which catches; a snare. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Lime twig — See under 4th {Lime}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lime twig — lime′ twig n. 1) a twig smeared with birdlime to catch birds 2) a snare or trap • Etymology: 1400–50 …   From formal English to slang

  • lime twig — n. 1. a twig smeared with birdlime to snare birds 2. any kind of snare …   English World dictionary

  • lime-twig — I. ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun Etymology: Middle English lyme twig, from lyme, lim lime + twig 1. : a twig covered with birdlime to catch birds 2. : snare, trap called her beauty lime twigs …   Useful english dictionary

  • lime twig — 1. a twig smeared with birdlime to catch birds. 2. a snare or trap. [1400 50; late ME] * * * lime twig, 1. a twig smeared with birdlime for catching birds. 2. Figurative. anything used to ensnare: »Catch fools with lime twigs dipt with pardons… …   Useful english dictionary

  • lime twig — /ˈlaɪm twɪg/ (say luym twig) noun 1. a twig smeared with birdlime to catch birds. 2. a snare …   Australian English dictionary

  • lime-twig — noun Date: 15th century 1. a twig covered with birdlime to catch birds 2. snare …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • lime twig — 1. a twig smeared with birdlime to catch birds. 2. a snare or trap. [1400 50; late ME] * * * …   Universalium

  • lime-twig — noun A twig used for catching birds that is smeared with birdlime …   Wiktionary

  • The Lime Twig — is a 1961 novella by American writer John Hawkes.The novella, set in England, deals with a sedate, bored lower class couple Michael and Margaret Banks who are lured into fronting a race horse scandal. Michael Banks is befriended by William… …   Wikipedia

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