noun Date: 15th century 1. bachelor's button 2. any of several blowflies (genus Calliphora) that have the abdomen or the whole body iridescent blue in color and that make a loud buzzing noise in flight

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  • bluebottle — [[t]blu͟ːbɒt(ə)l[/t]] bluebottles N COUNT A bluebottle is a large fly with a shiny dark blue body …   English dictionary

  • bluebottle — noun a) Any of various blowflies of the genus Calliphora that have an iridescent metallic blue body and make a loud buzzing noise whilst flying. b) Various marine creatures of the order Physalia, such as Physalia physalis the Portuguese Man o War …   Wiktionary

  • bluebottle — blue·bot·tle blü .bät əl n any of several blowflies (genus Calliphora) that have an iridescent blue body or abdomen and make a loud buzzing noise in flight …   Medical dictionary

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