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bluebottle

[bloo-bot-l] /ˈbluˌbɒt l/
noun
1.
cornflower (def 1).
2.
a composite plant, Centaurea cyanus, having narrow leaves and blue flower heads.
4.
Australian. Portuguese man-of-war.
Origin of bluebottle
1545-1555
1545-55; blue + bottle1
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  • The bluebottle is abundant in these Yosemite woods, ever ready with his marvelous store of eggs to make all dead flesh fly.

  • A bluebottle buzzed about the ceiling; a slant of sunlight crossed the floor.

    A Son of Hagar Sir Hall Caine
  • Did you ever see an Irishman throw out a pint of his chalk mixture because he saw a bluebottle in the measure?

  • Five hundred a year,” he murmured, “to be henchman to a bluebottle!

    Jacob's Ladder E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • The agent paused in his recital and gazed fixedly at a bluebottle crawling up the windowpane.

    The Freelands John Galsworthy
  • Let us continue to study the bluebottle, while varying our means of information.

    The Life of the Fly J. Henri Fabre
  • Bronze fly, bluebottle, and droning bee are secured alike, for all serve as food to the loveable pied fly-catcher.

  • "Oh, I'm not afraid of a bluebottle," said Mrs. Frith haughtily.

    Sinister Street, vol. 1 Compton Mackenzie
  • The bluebottle fly or the goldfish became as easy as saying "Eureka!"

    Mr. Wicker's Window Carley Dawson
  • The larvae of the bluebottle hatch within two days in the warm weather.

    The Life of the Fly J. Henri Fabre
British Dictionary definitions for bluebottle

bluebottle

/ˈbluːˌbɒtəl/
noun
1.
another name for the blowfly
2.
any of various blue-flowered plants, esp the cornflower
3.
(Brit) an informal word for a policeman
4.
(Austral & NZ) an informal name for Portuguese man-of-war
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