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Definition: Lime pit
, n. [AS. l[=i]m; akin to D. lijm, G. leim, OHG.
l[=i]m, Icel. l[=i]m, Sw. lim, Dan. liim, L. limus mud,
linere to smear, and E. loam. [root]126. Cf. Loam
Like the lime
That foolish birds are caught with. --Wordsworth.
2. (Chem.) Oxide of calcium, CaO
; the white or gray,
caustic substance, usually called quicklime
, obtained by
calcining limestone or shells, the heat driving off carbon
dioxide and leaving lime. It develops great heat when
treated with water, forming slaked lime
, and is an
essential ingredient of cement, plastering, mortar, etc.
[1913 Webster +PJC]
Note: Lime is the principal constituent of limestone, marble,
chalk, bones, shells, etc.
, Calcium hydroxide or slaked lime; also, in a
less technical sense, calcium oxide or quicklime.
, one who burns limestone, shells, etc., to make
, a limestone quarry.
, Lime twig
, a twig smeared with birdlime; hence,
that which catches; a snare. --Chaucer.