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[bloo-bot-l] /ˈbluˌbɒt l/
cornflower (def 1).
a composite plant, Centaurea cyanus, having narrow leaves and blue flower heads.
Australian. Portuguese man-of-war.
Origin of bluebottle
First recorded in 1545-55; blue + bottle1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The bluebottle is abundant in these Yosemite woods, ever ready with his marvelous store of eggs to make all dead flesh fly.

  • A bluebottle buzzed about the ceiling; a slant of sunlight crossed the floor.

    A Son of Hagar Sir Hall Caine
  • Did you ever see an Irishman throw out a pint of his chalk mixture because he saw a bluebottle in the measure?

  • Five hundred a year,” he murmured, “to be henchman to a bluebottle!

    Jacob's Ladder E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • The agent paused in his recital and gazed fixedly at a bluebottle crawling up the windowpane.

    The Freelands John Galsworthy
  • Let us continue to study the bluebottle, while varying our means of information.

    The Life of the Fly J. Henri Fabre
  • Bronze fly, bluebottle, and droning bee are secured alike, for all serve as food to the loveable pied fly-catcher.

  • "Oh, I'm not afraid of a bluebottle," said Mrs. Frith haughtily.

    Sinister Street, vol. 1 Compton Mackenzie
  • The bluebottle fly or the goldfish became as easy as saying "Eureka!"

    Mr. Wicker's Window Carley Dawson
  • The larvae of the bluebottle hatch within two days in the warm weather.

    The Life of the Fly J. Henri Fabre
British Dictionary definitions for bluebottle


another name for the blowfly
any of various blue-flowered plants, esp the cornflower
(Brit) an informal word for a policeman
(Austral & NZ) an informal name for Portuguese man-of-war
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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