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lime

noun uk   /laɪm/ us  

lime noun (FRUIT)

[C or U] a round fruit containing a lot of juice that is sour like a lemon but smaller and green, or the small tree on which this fruit grows

lime noun (TREE)

[C] ( also lime tree, US usually linden) a large tree with leaves shaped like a heart and pale yellow flowers

lime noun (CHEMICAL)

[U] ( also quicklime ) a white substance that is used especially to spread on the land to improve the quality of earth so that crops grow better [U] ( also limescale, scale) white material that collects inside water pipes, kettles, etc. in areas where the water is hard (= contains a lot of natural chemicals)

lime

verb [T] uk   /laɪm/ us  
to spread the substance lime on a piece of land
Translations of “lime”
in Korean 라임…
in Arabic لَيمون أخْضَر حامِض…
in French chaux…
in Turkish misket limonu, ıhlamur, ıhlamur ağacı…
in Italian lime, limetta…
in Chinese (Traditional) 水果, 酸橙(樹)…
in Russian лайм, липа, известь…
in Polish limonka, limona, lipa…
in Spanish cal…
in Portuguese limão…
in German der Kalk…
in Catalan llima…
in Japanese ライム…
in Chinese (Simplified) 水果, 酸橙(树)…
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