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bots

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noun (used with a plural verb) Veterinary Pathology.
  1. a disease affecting various mammals, especially horses, caused by the attachment of the parasitic larvae of botflies to the stomach of the host.
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Origin of bots

1780–90; plural of bot2; see -s3

bot1

[bot]
noun
  1. 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.
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Origin of bot1

1985–90; shortening of robot

bot2

or bott

[bot]
noun
  1. the larva of a botfly.
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Origin of bot2

1425–75; late Middle English; akin to Dutch bot, Frisian dialect botten (plural); further origin obscure

bot3

[bot]
noun Australian Slang.
  1. a person who cadges; scrounger.
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Origin of bot3

First recorded in 1915–20; perhaps shortening of botfly
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Examples from the Web for bots

Historical Examples

  • 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.

  • The most important of these are bots and other larv or maggots of various flies (Diptera).

    Parasites

    T. Spencer Cobbold

  • Hopes list records five cases of bots of strus hominus, one of .

    Parasites

    T. Spencer Cobbold

  • Fig. 46, taken from a drawing in Raumur's Memoirs, represents the bots of which we speak.

    The Insect World

    Louis Figuier


British Dictionary definitions for bots

bots

noun
  1. (functioning as singular) a digestive disease of horses and some other animals caused by the presence of botfly larvae in the stomach
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BOT

abbreviation for
  1. Board of Trade
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bot1

bott

noun
  1. the larva of a botfly, which typically develops inside the body of a horse, sheep, or man
  2. any similar larva
  3. NZ informal a mild illness in humans
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Word Origin

C15: probably from Low German; related to Dutch bot, of obscure origin

bot2

verb
  1. to scrounge or borrow
  2. (intr often foll by on) to scrounge (from); impose (on)
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noun
  1. a scrounger
  2. on the bot wanting to scroungehe's on the bot for a cigarette
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Word Origin

C20: perhaps from botfly, alluding to the creature's bite; see bite (sense 12)

bot3

noun
  1. computing an autonomous computer program that performs time-consuming tasks, esp on the internet
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Word Origin

C20: from (ro) bot
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Word Origin and History for bots

bot

n.

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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

bots in Medicine

bot

(bŏt)
n.
  1. The parasitic larva of a botfly.
  2. bots A disease of mammals, especially cattle and horses, caused by infestation of the stomach or intestines with botfly larvae.
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bots in Science

bot

[bŏt]
  1. A software program that imitates the behavior of a human, as by querying search engines or participating in chatroom discussions.
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