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Jun 27, 2013
This week's theme
Word coined from animals

This week's words
fishwife
skunky
gossamer
birdlime
chameleonic

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birdlime

PRONUNCIATION:
(BUHRD-lym)

MEANING:
verb tr.: To ensnare.
noun: Something that ensnares.

ETYMOLOGY:
From birdlime (a sticky substance made from holly, mistletoe, or other plants, and smeared on branches and twigs to catch small birds), from bird + lime, from Latin limus (slime). Earliest documented use: 1440.

USAGE:
"Some dozen of these villains had her birdlimed inside a shepherd's hut when our patrol chanced upon them."
Steven Pressfield; Last of the Amazons; Bantam; 2003.

See more usage examples of birdlime in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
To die for an idea; it is unquestionably noble. But how much nobler it would be if men died for ideas that were true. -H.L. Mencken, writer, editor, and critic (1880-1956)

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