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bot 1also bott (bŏt)
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.]
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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(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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