bluebottle

noun

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

Examples of bluebottle in a Sentence

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, 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, latimes.com, 17 May 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of bluebottle was in the 15th century

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“Bluebottle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bluebottle. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

bluebottle

noun
blue·​bot·​tle -ˌbät-ᵊl How to pronounce bluebottle (audio)
: any of several blowflies with a shiny blue abdomen or body

Medical Definition

bluebottle

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