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- n. The disease caused by the maggots of the horse bot fly when they infect the stomach of a horse.
- n. Infection by gadfly maggots under the skin of cows, or by sheep maggots in the frontal sinus of sheep.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n.pl. See bots.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- See bot.
These larvæ are also found in the stomachs of horses, whom they sometimes destroy; another species of them adhere to the anus of horses, and creep into the lowest bowel, and are called botts; and another species enters the frontal sinus of sheep, occasioning a vertigo called the turn.
He even has a special name for fuzz balls: boo botts.
As part of this discussion on the TALO list, botts came up with a great fear list:
This remedy is perfectly safe, and is the only certain cure for botts under the sun.
The moment the glass touches the botts though they may have eaten their way into the coats of the stomach, so that but a small portion is exposed, they will let go their hold, will pucker up and be driven off by the bowels.
This may be relied on as a certain and safe remedy for botts in horses.
But these are the words they use to charm away the botts in horses.
"He's got the botts -- drench him for the botts," another prescribed.
Yes! gentlemen, "addressing the attentive cowboys," I can cure anything that touches the ground -- biped, quadruped, or centipede -- glanders, botts, greased hoofs, heaves, blind staggers, it makes no odds.
But put me in front of Celia Tennant, and I simply make a sort of gurgling noise like a sheep with the botts.