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NOUN (2)

1. diurnal insect typically having a slender body with knobbed antennae and broad colorful wings;

2. a swimming stroke in which the arms are thrown forward together out of the water while the feet kick up and down;
[syn: butterfly, butterfly stroke]


VERB (3)

1. flutter like a butterfly;

2. cut and spread open, as in preparation for cooking;
- Example: "butterflied shrimp"

3. talk or behave amorously, without serious intentions;
- Example: "The guys always try to chat up the new secretaries"
- Example: "My husband never flirts with other women"
[syn: chat up, flirt, dally, butterfly, coquet, coquette, romance, philander, mash]

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2 definitions retrieved:

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Butterfly \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.] (Zool.) A general name for the numerous species of diurnal Lepidoptera. Note: [See Illust. under Aphrodite.] [1913 Webster] Asclepias butterfly. See under Asclepias. Butterfly fish (Zool.), the ocellated blenny (Blennius ocellaris) of Europe. See Blenny. The term is also applied to the flying gurnard. Butterfly shell (Zool.), 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. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

butterfly n 1: diurnal insect typically having a slender body with knobbed antennae and broad colorful wings 2: a swimming stroke in which the arms are thrown forward together out of the water while the feet kick up and down [syn: butterfly, butterfly stroke] v 1: flutter like a butterfly 2: cut and spread open, as in preparation for cooking; "butterflied shrimp" 3: talk or behave amorously, without serious intentions; "The guys always try to chat up the new secretaries"; "My husband never flirts with other women" [syn: chat up, flirt, dally, butterfly, coquet, coquette, romance, philander, mash]