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definition of the word butterfly

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A butterfly

Old English buttorfleoge, corresponding to butter + fly, perhaps with reference to the colour of certain species including the brimstone butterfly, Gonepteryx rhamni. Compare German Schmetterling.

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Singular
butterfly

Plural
butterflies

butterfly (plural butterflies)

  1. (insect) A flying insect of the order Lepidoptera, distinguished from moths by their diurnal activity and generally brighter colouring.
  2. A swimming stroke in which the body is prone, the arms are moved in simultaneous circles, and the feet are kicked up and down.
  3. A use of surgical tape, cut into thin strips and placed across an open wound to hold it closed.
    butterfly tape


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