[ bots ]

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.

Origin of bots

First recorded in 1780–90; plural of bot2; see -s3

Words Nearby bots Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use bots in a sentence

  • Mr Charles Danford presented me with several bots from an ibex.

    Parasites | T. Spencer Cobbold

British Dictionary definitions for bots


/ (bɒts) /

  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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