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[lahy-mee] /ˈlaɪ mi/
adjective, limier, limiest.
consisting of, containing, or like lime.
smeared with birdlime.
Origin of limy
1545-55; lime1 + -y1
Related forms
liminess, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for limy
  • Then, for millions of years, the dead shells and limy parts of marine animals slowly piled deeper and deeper.
  • Agatized coral occurs when silica in the ocean water hardens, replacing the limy corals with a form of quartz know as chalcedony.
  • Over time, this jumble of dead corals on the sea floor was buried in an ooze of limy mud.
  • Reefs were built up from the limy skeletons of corals.
  • More common even in the driest deserts are sandstone caves eroded in part by water, particularly if the sandstone is limy.
British Dictionary definitions for limy


adjective limier, limiest
of, like, or smeared with birdlime
containing or characterized by the presence of lime
Derived Forms
liminess, noun


adjective limier, limiest
of or tasting of lime (the fruit)
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Word Origin and History for limy

resembling or coated with lime, 1550s, from lime (n.1) + -y (2).

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