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bluebottle, noun

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Australian EnglishShow more Probably from Australian English (the Australian National Dictionary records a context from 1911 in which the word is used in this sense).
The Portuguese man-o’-war, the marine siphonophore Physalia physalis, characterized by a blue, balloon-like float, and trailing tentacles which inflict painful, sometimes dangerous stings. Also attributive.
1918 S.H. Skaife Animal Life in S. Afr. 11The well-known blue-bottle, or Portuguese man-o-war..consists, not of one animal, but of a number joined together..it is a colony of animals...Those cast up on our shore are generally from one to two inches across.
1990 Style July 105The clan have retired to the sparkling pool in the garden (planned to circumvent the bluebottle and wind problem).
The Portuguese man-o’-war, the marine siphonophore Physalia physalis, characterized by a blue, balloon-like float, and trailing tentacles which inflict painful, sometimes dangerous stings. Also attributive.

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