Misseltoe, the Common, White Misseltoe, or Missel; Vis-cuni album, L. a parasitical plant growing on Apple and Pear-trees, the Hawthorn, Service, Oak, Maple, etc.; flowering in the month, of May.

From the berries, as well as the bark of this plant, good bird-lime may be prepared ; and, if the former be rubbed, when fully ripe, on the bark of almost any tree, they will adhere closely, and produce plants in the succeeding winter.

Fieldfares and thrushes eat the Misseltoe berries, the seeds of which pass through them unchanged, and along with their excrements adhere to the branches of trees, where they vegetate.—No art has yet induced the Misseltoe to take root in the earth.—-Sheep eagerly devour this plant, which is frequently cut off the trees for them, during severe winters ; nay, it is even said to preserve these animals from the rot.

Professor Bock, in his Natural History of Prussia (vol. iii. p. 367, Germ, edit.), informs us, that poor people have often, in times of scarcity, collected and dried the stalks and branches of the Misseltoe; then pulverized and mixed them with rye-flour; and thus obtained nourishing bread, which was by no means unwholesome. — Professor Leonhardi, in a similar work, observes that the Misseltoe, or birdlime, when combined with soapboilers' suds, affords a good substitute for soap, and is alike soluble in water and spirit of wine.