bluebottle fly


  1. any of several iridescent blue blow flies, especially those of the genus Calliphora, some of which are parasitic on domestic animals.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of bluebottle fly1

First recorded in 1710–20

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Example Sentences

Paying not the least attention to the big bluebottle fly that buzzed her nose, Sue stretched full-length and dozed in the sun.

The bluebottle fly, tiring of its futile efforts to annoy her, buzzed importantly off in search of a more responsive victim.

Elliott brushed away a persistent bluebottle fly, a lonesome survivor which the unseasonably warm day had reawakened.

A great bluebottle fly, shining with a metallic lustre, stood beneath a mushroom on the ground.

One of the simplest sounds to produce is that of the humming-bee, wasp, or bluebottle fly.


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