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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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Examples from the Web for bluebottle
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  • A bluebottle buzzed about the ceiling; a slant of sunlight crossed the floor.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine
  • The bluebottle fly or the goldfish became as easy as saying "Eureka!"

    Mr. Wicker's Window Carley Dawson
  • The house-fly and the bluebottle fly also belong to the order of the Diptera.

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

    Jacob's Ladder

    E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • I next place in the cage a bluebottle, one only, to avoid confusion.

    The Life of the Fly J. Henri Fabre
  • Let us continue to study the bluebottle, while varying our means of information.

    The Life of the Fly J. Henri Fabre
  • The bluebottle comes to my apparatus, guided by scent rather than sight.

    The Life of the Fly J. Henri Fabre
  • The dangers of the exhumation are not the only ones; the bluebottle must be acquainted with others.

    The Life of the Fly J. Henri Fabre
  • "Oh, I'm not afraid of a bluebottle," said Mrs. Frith haughtily.

    Sinister Street, vol. 1 Compton Mackenzie
  • There were three characters in the story, a bluebottle and two Scotsmen.

    Marriage H. G. Wells
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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