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limy

[lahy-mee] /ˈlaɪ mi/
adjective, limier, limiest.
1.
consisting of, containing, or like lime.
2.
smeared with birdlime.
Origin of limy
1545-1555
1545-55; lime1 + -y1
Related forms
liminess, noun
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  • At last I observed that peculiar salty and limy smell in the air, which told me we were approaching the river.

    Caesar's Column Ignatius Donnelly
  • It has special adaptation for being grown on calcareous or limy soils.

  • I put in it first some limy incrustations with which certain springs in my neighborhood cover the dead clumps of rushes.

    Insect Adventures J. Henri Fabre
  • Like stivalis, Bicolor does not thrive on limy soils and it is difficult to propagate from cuttings.

  • They show their distant relationship to birds in that their large eggs are incased in a leathery, limy shell.

    A Civic Biology George William Hunter
  • These limy fossils might not be seen at all, were they not bedded in shales, which are very fine-grained.

  • At the lower end of the egg-duct there is secreted a limy liquid which covers the shell-less egg and hardens, making the shell.

  • The tires of the wheels, in their even and rapid course, left wide parallel tracks on the limy mud of the highway.

    A Russian Proprietor Lyof N. Tolstoi
  • The living corals one sees in the shallow water of the Florida coast to-day are building land by building up their limy skeletons.

  • It is discovered in a limy stratum at the Brazils, I find, but rarely, and always waterworn.

British Dictionary definitions for limy

limy1

/ˈlaɪmɪ/
adjective limier, limiest
1.
of, like, or smeared with birdlime
2.
containing or characterized by the presence of lime
Derived Forms
liminess, noun

limy2

/ˈlaɪmɪ/
adjective limier, limiest
1.
of or tasting of lime (the fruit)
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Word Origin and History for limy
adj.

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

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