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Bot"tle, n. Etym: [OE. bote, botelle, OF. botel, bouteille, F. bouteille, fr. LL. buticula, dim. of butis, buttis, butta, flask. Cf. Butt a cask.]

1. A hollow vessel, usually of glass or earthenware (but formerly of leather), with a narrow neck or mouth, for holding liquids.

2. The contents of a bottle; as much as a bottle contains; as, to drink a bottle of wine.

3. Fig.: Intoxicating liquor; as, to drown one's reason in the bottle.

Note: Bottle is much used adjectively, or as the first part of a compound. Bottle ale, bottled ale. [Obs.] Shak.

-- Bottle brush, a cylindrical brush for cleansing the interior of


-- Bottle fish (Zoöl.), a kind of deep-sea eel (Saccopharynx

ampullaceus), remarkable for its baglike gullet, which enables it to swallow fishes two or three times its won size.

-- Bottle flower. (Bot.) Same as Bluebottle.
-- Bottle glass, a coarse, green glass, used in the manufacture of

bottles. Ure.

-- Bottle gourd (Bot.), the common gourd or calabash (Lagenaria

Vulgaris), whose shell is used for bottles, dippers, etc.

-- Bottle grass (Bot.), a nutritious fodder grass (Setaria glauca

and S. viridis); -- called also foxtail, and green foxtail.

-- Bottle tit (Zoöl.), the European long-tailed titmouse; -- so

called from the shape of its nest.

-- Bottle tree (Bot.), an Australian tree (Sterculia rupestris),

with a bottle-shaped, or greatly swollen, trunk.

-- Feeding bottle, Nursing bottle, a bottle with a rubber nipple

(generally with an intervening tubve), used in feeding infants.

Bottle Bot"tle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bottled p. pr. & vb. n. Bottling.]

Defn: To put into bottles; to inclose in, or as in, a bottle or bottles; to keep or restrain as in a bottle; as, to bottle wine or porter; to bottle up one's wrath.

Bottle Bot"tle, n. Etym: [OE. botel, OF. botel, dim. of F. botte; cf. OHG. bozo bunch. See Boss stud.]

Defn: A bundle, esp. of hay. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.] Chaucer. Shak.

---excerpt from the Illustrated Bible Dictionary

Bottle - A vessel made of skins for holding wine (Joshua 9:4, Joshua 9:13; 1 Samuel 16:20; Matthew 9:17; Mark 2:22; Luke 5:37 - 5:38), or milk (Judges 4:19), or water (Genesis 21:14, Genesis 21:15, Genesis 21:19), or strong drink (Habakkuk 2:15). Earthenware vessels were also similarly used (Jeremiah 19:1; 1 Kings 14:3; Isaiah 30:14). In Job 32:19 (compare Matthew 9:17; Luke 5:37 - 5:38; Mark 2:22) the reference is to a wine-skin ready to burst through the fermentation of the wine. "Bottles of wine" in the Authorized Version of Hosea 7:5 is properly rendered in the Revised Version by "the heat of wine," i.e., the fever of wine, its intoxicating strength. The clouds are figuratively called the "bottles of heaven" (Job 38:37). A bottle blackened or shriveled by smoke is referred to in Psalms 119:83 as an image to which the psalmist likens himself.


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