Definition of bluebottle in English:


Line breaks: blue|bot¦tle
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
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    • 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]
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • When the bluebottles arrested him it was found that he had a bucket under his chair...

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