Definition of bluebottle in English:

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bluebottle

Pronunciation: /ˈblo͞oˌbädl/

noun

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.
2The 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.

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Syllabification: blue·bot·tle

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