lime

lime
{{11}}lime (n.1) "chalky mineral used in making mortar," from O.E. lim "sticky substance, birdlime, mortar, cement, gluten," from P.Gmc. *leimaz (Cf. O.S., O.N., Dan. lim, Du. lijm, Ger. Leim "birdlime"), from PIE root * (s)lei- "slime, slimy, sticky" (Cf. L. limus "slime, mud, mire," linere "to smear;" see SLIME (Cf. slime) (n.)). Lime is made by putting limestone or shells in a red heat, which burns off the carbonic acid and leaves a brittle white solid which dissolves easily in water. Hence lime-kiln (late 13c.), lime-burner (early 14c.). As a verb, c.1200, from the noun.
{{12}}lime (n.2) greenish-yellow citrus fruit, 1630s, probably via Sp. lima, from Arabic limah "citrus fruit," from Pers. limun "lemon" (see LEMON (Cf. lemon) (n.1)). Related: Limeade (1892), with ending as in lemonade.
{{12}}lime (n.3) "linden tree," 1620s, earlier line (c.1500), from M.E. lynde (early 14c.), from O.E. lind "lime tree" (see LINDEN (Cf. linden)). Klein suggests the change of -n- to -m- probably began in compounds whose second element began in a labial (e.g. line-bark, line-bast). An ornamental European tree unrelated to the tree that produces the citrus fruit.

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