bluebottle

noun blue·bot·tle \ ˈblü-ˌbä-tᵊl \

Definition of bluebottle

2 : any of several blowflies (genus Calliphora) that have the abdomen or the whole body iridescent blue in color and that make a loud buzzing noise in flight

First Known Use of bluebottle

15th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

See Words from the same year
NEW! Time Traveler

BLUEBOTTLE Defined for Kids

bluebottle

noun blue·bot·tle \ ˈblü-ˌbä-tᵊl \

Definition of bluebottle for Students

: a large blue hairy fly

Medical Dictionary

bluebottle

noun blue·bot·tle \ ˈblü-ˌbät-ᵊl \

medical Definition of bluebottle

: any of several blowflies (genus Calliphora) that have an iridescent blue body or abdomen and make a loud buzzing noise in flight

Learn More about bluebottle


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up bluebottle? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

habitually complaining

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

April 2018 Words of the Day Quiz

  • rain-on-rainbow-umbrella
  • Which is the best synonym of traduce?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!