but·​ter·​fli·​er ˈbə-tər-ˌflīr How to pronounce butterflier (audio)
plural butterfliers
: a person who observes and identifies butterflies in their natural environment
Already, like birders, butterfliers are trekking the world in search of ever more exotic species.Margo Harakas, Houston Chronicle, 24 Apr. 1994
: a swimmer who specializes in the butterfly : butterflyer

Word History

First Known Use

1881, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of butterflier was in 1881

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“Butterflier.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/butterflier. Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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