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birdlime

a sticky substance, prepared from holly, mistletoe, or other plants, smeared on twigs to catch small birds
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A second hunting method Rihani uses is scattering branches covered with birdlime in various parts of the forest.
Search, for instance, the fields and forests of Aesop, whose talking beasts are the ancestors of both Chanticleer the Rooster and Walter the Farting Dog, and you will meet ten cocks, a cote of doves, several partridges, a caged songbird, six crows, three ravens (one portentous, another self-loathing), a dozen or so eagles, five jack-daws (one of whom wishes he were an eagle), many kites, flocks of cranes, two storks, three hawks, a cote of pigeons, three hens, a sparrow with a bad case of schadenfreude, five swallows, many peacocks, a jay who wishes he were a peacock, many swans, two nightingales, two larks, two owls, a gluttonous seagull, a thrush ensnared in birdlime, and nary a single duck.
Ancient herbalists found medicinal uses for both berries and leaves, and holly bark was once in demand for the production of birdlime.
The hidden pearl suggests why the man of line 154 is braving the dangers of the high seas, but not why he signs in birdlime.