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Related to bluebottles: Calliphora vicina, Blue bottle fly

blue·bot·tle

 (blo͞o′bŏt′l)
n.
Any of several blowflies of the genus Calliphora that have a bright metallic-blue body and lay their eggs in decaying organic matter.

bluebottle

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

blue•bot•tle

(ˈbluˌbɒt l)

n.
2. any iridescent-blue blow fly, esp. one of the genus Calliphora.
[1545–55]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bluebottle - an annual Eurasian plant cultivated in North America having showy heads of blue or purple or pink or white flowersbluebottle - an annual Eurasian plant cultivated in North America having showy heads of blue or purple or pink or white flowers
flower - a plant cultivated for its blooms or blossoms
Centaurea, genus Centaurea - knapweed; star thistle
2.bluebottle - blowfly with iridescent blue body; makes a loud buzzing noise in flight
blow fly, blowfly - large usually hairy metallic blue or green fly; lays eggs in carrion or dung or wounds
Translations
ذُبابَةٌ زَرْقاء
masařka
spyflue
húslégy
fiskifluga, maîkafluga, húsfluga
mäsiarka
mavi at sineği

bluebottle

[ˈbluːˌbɒtl] Nmoscarda f

bluebottle

[ˈbluːbɒtəl] nmouche f à viandeblue cheese nbleu m, fromage m bleublue-chip [ˌbluˈtʃɪp] adj [stocks, issues, companies] → de premier ordre
blue-chip investment → investissement m de premier ordreblue-collar worker [ˈblukɒlə] nouvrier/ière m/f col bleublue-eyed [ˌbluːˈaɪd] adjaux yeux bleusblue-eyed boy (British) n (= darling, favourite) → chouchou m

bluebottle

[ˈbluːˌbɒtl] nmoscone m

blue

(bluː) adjective
1. of the colour of a cloudless sky. blue paint; Her eyes are blue.
2. sad or depressed. I'm feeling blue today.
noun
1. the colour of a cloudless sky. That is a beautiful blue.
2. a blue paint, material etc. We'll have to get some more blue.
3. the sky or the sea. The balloon floated off into the blue.
ˈblueness noun
ˈbluish adjective
quite blue; close to blue. a bluish green.
ˈbluebottle noun
a kind of large house-fly with a blue abdomen.
ˈbluecollar adjective
(of workers) wearing overalls and working in factories etc. Blue collar workers are demanding the same pay as office staff.
ˈblueprint noun
a detailed photographic plan of work to be carried out. the blueprints for a new aircraft.
once in a blue moon
very seldom. He visits his mother once in a blue moon.
out of the blue
without warning. He arrived out of the blue, without phoning first.
the blues
low spirits; depression. He's got the blues today but he's usually cheerful.
References in classic literature ?
A buzz and hum go up around me, as if the boys were so many bluebottles.
As we approached, methought there issued from it a slight humming noise as from one of your Spaceland bluebottles, only less resonant by far, so slight indeed that even in the perfect stillness of the Vacuum through which we soared, the sound reached not our ears till we checked our flight at a distance from it of something under twenty human diagonals.
It was droning like a harmonium with the flies and bluebottles, and the floor and walls were like a slaughter-house.
And he began touching the notes here and there, and humming to himself like an angry bluebottle.
My old acquaintance, Percy the bluebottle, looking wonderfully fit despite his years, was doing deep breathing exercises on a mutton cutlet, and was too busy to do more than pause for a moment to nod at me; but his cousin, Harold, always active, sighted me and bustled up to do the honours.
He helped them both, and helped himself, and drained his glass, and stood it bottom upward on the table, as though he had just caught a bluebottle in it.
a) Bluebottles b) Redcurrants c) Seaweed 3 Four out of 10 women think gardening has become which of these in the past five years?
I guess that makes bluebottles about as keen on the EU as I am.
While answering a call of nature at Northern Print, they can feast their eyes on nature itself - bluebottles, dragonflies, swallows and brambles on the tiles
Dan O'Neill's amusing article in Monday's Echo, emphasises the desirability of closing windows in order to exclude the noises engendered by spring garden tool activities and the ingress of bloated bluebottles and gnats.
The Man Who Ate Bluebottles And Other Great British Eccentrics (Icon Books, pounds 7.
For those still not paying attention, this was an article we carried on June 9 about the temporary closure of Hexham Cemetery because of an infestation of bluebottles.