noun, often attributive \-ˌflī\

: a kind of insect that has a long thin body and brightly colored wings and that flies mostly during the day

: a person who goes to many parties and other social events

: a way of swimming in which the swimmer's face is in the water and the arms move together in a circular motion while the legs kick up and down; also : a race in which the swimmers do the butterfly

Full Definition of BUTTERFLY

:  any of numerous slender-bodied diurnal lepidopteran insects including one superfamily (Papilionoidea) with broad often brightly colored wings and usually another superfamily comprising the skippers
:  something that resembles or suggests a butterfly; especially :  a person chiefly occupied with the pursuit of pleasure
:  a swimming stroke executed in a prone position by moving both arms in a circular motion while kicking both legs up and down
plural :  a feeling of hollowness or queasiness caused especially by emotional or nervous tension or anxious anticipation
:  a defensive move by a goalie in ice hockey executed by dropping to the knees while spreading the lower legs outward

Examples of BUTTERFLY

  1. They competed in the butterfly.

First Known Use of BUTTERFLY

before 12th century

Rhymes with BUTTERFLY

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: to cut (food) into two pieces that are joined along one edge so that it can be spread apart for cooking


Full Definition of BUTTERFLY

transitive verb
:  to split almost entirely and spread apart <a butterflied steak> <butterflied shrimp>

Examples of BUTTERFLY

  1. Butterfly the chicken before roasting.

First Known Use of BUTTERFLY



noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of more than 14,000 lepidopteran species found worldwide. Unlike moths, butterflies are active during the day and are usually brightly coloured or strikingly patterned. Distinctive features are club-tipped antennae and a habit of holding the wings vertically over the back when at rest. With few exceptions the larvae and adults eat plants. Butterflies are classified into five or six families. The metalmarks of the family Lycaenidae are found chiefly in the New World tropics; some members of the family Nymphalidae are called snout butterflies. Other species (with their families) include the white and sulphur butterflies (Pieridae), the swallowtail butterfly (Papilionidae), the blue, copper, and hairstreak butterflies (Lycaenidae), and the admiral, monarch, and painted lady (Nymphalidae).


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