Meaning of “bluebottle” in the English Dictionary

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"bluebottle" in British English

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bluebottlenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈbluːˌbɒt.əl/ us /ˈbluːˌbɑː.t̬əl/

Examples from literature

  • Great swarms of bluebottle flies buzzed lazily in the warm sunshine. 
  • The bluebottles buzzed about the wall, and a little old mouse picked over the rubbish among the jam pots. 
  • The office was very still, except for two bluebottle flies butting against the ceiling and buzzing up and down the window-panes. 
  • There was one big bluebottle that had got stuck there on his back with his wings in the sticky stuff. 
  • This fly is very like our British bluebottle, with a somewhat greener head, and a body entirely yellow. 

(Definition of “bluebottle” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)