- a disease affecting various mammals, especially horses, caused by the attachment of the parasitic larvae of botflies to the stomach of the host.
Origin of bots
- a device or piece of software that can execute commands, reply to messages, or perform routine tasks, as online searches, either automatically or with minimal human intervention (often used in combination): intelligent infobots; shopping bots that help consumers find the best prices.
Origin of bot1
- the larva of a botfly.
Origin of bot2
- a person who cadges; scrounger.
Origin of bot3
Examples from the Web for bots
Many other species of animals are infested with their own particular species of bots.Insects and Diseases
Rennie W. Doane
One of Orson Pratt's horses is very sick, supposed to be the bots.William Clayton's Journal
The most important of these are bots and other larv or maggots of various flies (Diptera).
Hopes list records five cases of bots of strus hominus, one of .
Fig. 46, taken from a drawing in Raumur's Memoirs, represents the bots of which we speak.The Insect World
- (functioning as singular) a digestive disease of horses and some other animals caused by the presence of botfly larvae in the stomach
- Board of Trade
- the larva of a botfly, which typically develops inside the body of a horse, sheep, or man
- any similar larva
- NZ informal a mild illness in humans
- to scrounge or borrow
- (intr often foll by on) to scrounge (from); impose (on)
- a scrounger
- on the bot wanting to scroungehe's on the bot for a cigarette
- computing an autonomous computer program that performs time-consuming tasks, esp on the internet
Word Origin and History for bots
in Internet sense, c.2000, short for robot. Its modern use has curious affinities with earlier uses, e.g. "parasitical worm or maggot" (1520s), of unknown origin; and Australian-New Zealand slang "worthless, troublesome person" (World War I-era). The method of minting new slang by clipping the heads off words does not seem to be old or widespread in English. Examples (za from pizza, zels from pretzels, rents from parents) are American English student or teen slang and seem to date back no further than late 1960s.
- The parasitic larva of a botfly.
- bots A disease of mammals, especially cattle and horses, caused by infestation of the stomach or intestines with botfly larvae.
- A software program that imitates the behavior of a human, as by querying search engines or participating in chatroom discussions.