One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Having a bulbous or swollen nose, which resembles a round-bottomed bottle.
2Having a protruding end or snout resembling (the neck of) a bottle; especially (of a cetacean) having the jaws extended into a distinctive short beak or rostrum.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Lewis Wager (d. 1562), playwright. From bottle + nosed.
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