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[burd-seed] /ˈbɜrdˌsid/
any seed or mixture of seeds used for feeding birds.
the seed of a grass, Phalaris canariensis, used as food for birds.
Origin of birdseed
1830-40; bird + seed Unabridged
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Examples from the web for birdseed
  • Fill it a little more than half full with birdseed, dry rice or lentils.
  • The species is commonly attracted to feeders and open areas with birdseed.
  • And whether they are on the ground or in a platform feeder, scrub jays are always interested in mixed birdseed.
  • If that doesn't help, try mixing the birdseed with some peanut butter or lard and it will surely stay in place.
  • birdseed should be stored in rodent proof containers.
  • Don't place large amounts of birdseed on the ground or on an uncovered platform feeder.
  • Packets of birdseed can contain seeds of invasive plants.
  • Stock up on birdseed for the winter and get tips on bird feeding.
  • Pr ess birdseed mixture into the cup around the yarn.
  • birdseed or rice may not be thrown within the park as this provides an unnatural food source for wildlife.
British Dictionary definitions for birdseed


a mixture of various kinds of seeds for feeding cagebirds Also called canary seed
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Word Origin and History for birdseed

1736, from bird (n.1) + seed (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for birdseed


  1. A small amount of money: That's just birdseed
  2. Nonsense

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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