blue·​bot·​tle | \ ˈblü-ˌbä-tᵊl How to pronounce bluebottle (audio) \

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

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Recent Examples on the Web So, Cheng and colleagues used high-speed video to capture and analyze more than 20 bluebottle flies (Calliphora vomitoria), known for their exquisite maneuvers, sticking their inverted landings in a flight chamber. Stephenie Livingston, Science | AAAS, "New video reveals how flies land upside-down," 23 Oct. 2019 Instead there's crumpled napkins, unclaimed pens, forgotten umbrellas, a half-empty Coke bottle and a solitary bluebottle fly out of a Raymond Chandler novel. Kenneth Turan,, "Ron Howard strikes back with 'Solo: A Star Wars Story,' and has nothing but praise for Phil Lord and Chris Miller at Cannes," 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of bluebottle

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Bluebottle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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blue·​bot·​tle | \ ˈblü-ˌbä-tᵊl How to pronounce bluebottle (audio) \

Kids Definition of bluebottle

: a large blue hairy fly


blue·​bot·​tle | \ ˈblü-ˌbät-ᵊl How to pronounce bluebottle (audio) \

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

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