Definition of bluebottle in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbluːbɒt(ə)l/


1A common blowfly with a metallic blue body, the female of which often comes into houses searching for a suitable food source on which to lay her eggs.
  • Calliphora vomitoria, family Calliphoridae.
Example sentences
  • Blowflies, such as greenbottles and bluebottles, are attracted to your rabbit and its housing by the presence of faeces, urine, rotting vegetables and open wounds.
  • Would we do the same for baby rats, or baby cockroaches or baby bluebottles?
  • My kitchen window is at the back of the house and if I leave it open the house is filled with brown flies - they are not the normal bluebottles but flies which feed on sewage.
2Australian & South African The Portuguese man-of-war.
So named because of its blue balloon-like float
Example sentences
  • I list it along with bluebottles, broken glass, backwash and muggers - the last-mentioned not actually in the surf but lurking in the nearby sanddunes, waiting for an opportune moment to interface with you and your valuables.
  • If you go in there, there are always dangers in the sea - bluebottles, whatever.
  • At midday I took myself off to Coogee but the cold water and the beached bluebottles put me off the idea of swimming.
3British The wild cornflower.
Example sentences
  • As a bonus, here are some wildflowers growing next to a field. The red one is a poppy, and the blue ones are cornflowers or bluebottles.
  • But this place being open was full of flowers, such lovely azure cornflowers which the people call bluebottles.
4British informal, dated A police officer.
Example sentences
  • When the bluebottles arrested him it was found that he had a bucket under his chair...

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