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bott

1
[bot]
noun
  1. bot2.
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bott

2
[bot]
noun
  1. Metallurgy. a conical knob, mounted on a rod, for stopping temporarily the flow of molten metal or slag from a blast furnace or cupola.
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Origin of bott

2
1875–80; perhaps special use of dial. bot (now obsolete) iron tool for marking sheep, itself special use of Middle English botte (variant of bat1) shepherd's crook

bot

2

or bott

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

2
1425–75; late Middle English; akin to Dutch bot, Frisian dialect botten (plural); further origin obscure
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British Dictionary definitions for bott

bott

noun
  1. a variant spelling of bot 1
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BOT

abbreviation for
  1. Board of Trade
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bot

1

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 for bot

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

bot

2
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 for bot

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

bot

3
noun
  1. computing an autonomous computer program that performs time-consuming tasks, esp on the internet
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Word Origin for bot

C20: from (ro) bot
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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

bott 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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bott 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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