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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 growsTypes of fruit

lime noun (TREE)

(also lime tree, US usually linden) a large tree with leaves shaped like a heart and pale yellow flowersDeciduous trees

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 betterSoil [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)Coverings and layers

lime

verb [T] uk   /laɪm/ us  
to spread the substance lime on a piece of landImproving fertility and pest control
(Definition of lime from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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