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bot 1

also bott  (bŏt)
n.
1. The parasitic larva of a botfly.
2. bots(used with a sing. or pl. verb) A disease of mammals, especially cattle and horses, caused by infestation of the stomach or intestines with botfly larvae.

[Middle English, probably of Low German origin.]

bot 2

(bŏt)
n.
1. A software program, such as a spider, that performs automated tasks on the internet.
2. A software program that imitates the behavior of a human, as in participating in chatroom or IRC discussions.
3. Informal A robot.

[Short for robot.]
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bots

(bɒts)
n
(Veterinary Science) (functioning as singular) a digestive disease of horses and some other animals caused by the presence of botfly larvae in the stomach
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This is what she wrote about a boy by the name of Stephen Dowling Bots that fell down a well and was drownded:
I tell you, she sent a plague on his sheep, the plague of the Bots. The whole flock died; I remember it well.
Michael's, Tal- bot county, Maryland, when I left there; and if he is still alive, he very probably lives there now; and if so, he is now, as he was then, as highly esteemed and as much respected as though his guilty soul had not been stained with his brother's blood.
"You'd better let up on the bot', ol' woman, or you'll git done."
I'll take bot of you, both together, both together!'
Elizabeth was awakened from the trance created by this scene, and by gazing in that unusual manner at the bot tom of the lake, be the hoarse sounds of Benjamin’s voice, and the dashing of oars, as the heavier boat of the seine-drawers approached the spot where the canoe lay, dragging after it the folds of the net.
B-o-t, bot, t-i-n, tin, bottin, n-e-y, ney, bottinney, noun substantive, a knowledge of plants.
From this cause, and from the man great angular fragments, tracking the boats became bot dangerous and laborious
Nonprofit group Consumer Reports urged retailers and policy makers to collaborate to stop Grinch bots from essentially taking toys from children.
Distil found bots -- automated programs or scripts programmed to perform very specific tasks at the request of their architect -- most likely deployed for one or more reasons over last-year's holiday season, performing various tasks:
attack, the global botnet has grown and 6.7 million more bots joined the global
Realboy: Believable Twitter bots. Retrieved from http://ca.olin.edu/2008/realboy/index.html