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Definition of: Butterfly

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Standard Definition

[n] a swimming stroke in which the arms are thrown forward together out of the water while the feet kick up and down
[n] diurnal insect typically having a slender body with knobbed antennae and broad colorful wings
[v] talk or behave amorously, without serious intentions; "The guys always try to chat up the new secretaries"; "My husband never flirts with other women"
[v] cut and spread open, as in preparation for cooking; "butterflied shrimp"
[v] flutter like a butterfly

Synonyms

butterfly stroke - (4 syllables), chat up - (2 syllables), coquet - (2 syllables), coquette - (2 syllables), dally - (2 syllables), flirt - (1 syllables), mash - (1 syllables), philander - (3 syllables), romance - (2 syllables)

Misc. Definitions

\But"ter*fly`\, n.; pl. {Butterflies}. [Perh. from the color of a yellow species. AS. buter-fl[=e]ge, buttor-fle['o]ge; cf. G. butterfliege, D. botervlieg. See {Butter}, and {Fly}.] (Zo["o]l.) A general name for the numerous species of diurnal Lepidoptera. Note: [See Illust. under {Aphrodite}.] {Asclepias butterfly}. See under {Asclepias}. {Butterfly fish} (Zo["o]l.), the ocellated blenny ({Blennius ocellaris}) of Europe. See {Blenny}. The term is also applied to the flying gurnard. {Butterfly shell} (Zo["o]l.), a shell of the genus {Voluta}. {Butterfly valve} (Mech.), a kind of double clack valve, consisting of two semicircular clappers or wings hinged to a cross rib in the pump bucket. When open it somewhat resembles a butterfly in shape.

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