Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several flies of the genus Calliphora that have a bright metallic-blue body and breed in decaying organic matter.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of various blowflies of the genus Calliphora that have an iridescent metallic-blue body and make a loud buzzing noise whilst flying.
  • n. Any of various marine creatures of the order Physalia, such as Physalia physalis, the Portuguese man-of-war.
  • n. Centaurea cyanus, a plant that grows in grain fields, with blue flowers resembling bottles.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. an annual Eurasian plant (Centaurea cyanus) which grows in grain fields; -- called also bachelor's button. It receives its name from its blue bottle-shaped flowers. Varieties cultivated in North America have showy heads of blue or purple or pink or white flowers.
  • n. A large and troublesome species of blowfly (Musca vomitoria). Its body is steel blue.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In bot., Centaurea Cyanus, a composite plant, a weed in Europe, cultivated for ornament in America. Also called bluebonnet and bluecap.
  • n. In zoology, a dipterous insect with a blue abdomen, of the family Muscidæ and genus Musca, or Calliphora. Also popularly called beef-eater and blue flesh-fly.
  • n. A policeman, a beadle, or other officer wearing a blue dress.
  • n. plural The grape-hyacinth, Muscari botryoides and M. racemosum. See Muscari.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an annual Eurasian plant cultivated in North America having showy heads of blue or purple or pink or white flowers
  • n. blowfly with iridescent blue body; makes a loud buzzing noise in flight

Etymologies

blue +‎ bottle (Wiktionary)

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