diurnal insect typically having a slender body with knobbed antennae and broad colorful wings
butterfly, butterfly stroke(verb)
a swimming stroke in which the arms are thrown forward together out of the water while the feet kick up and down
flutter like a butterfly
cut and spread open, as in preparation for cooking
chat up, flirt, dally, butterfly, coquet, coquette, romance, philander, mash(verb)
talk or behave amorously, without serious intentions
"The guys always try to chat up the new secretaries"; "My husband never flirts with other women"
A flying insect of the order Lepidoptera, distinguished from moths by their diurnal activity and generally brighter colouring.
Someone seen as being unserious and (originally) dressed gaudily; someone flighty and unreliable.
The butterfly stroke.
A use of surgical tape, cut into thin strips and placed across an open wound to hold it closed.
To cut almost entirely in half and spread the halves apart, in a shape suggesting the wings of a butterfly.
To cut strips of surgical tape or plasters into thin strips, and place across a gaping wound to close it.
a general name for the numerous species of diurnal Lepidoptera
A butterfly is a mainly day-flying insect of the order Lepidoptera, which includes the butterflies and moths. Like other holometabolous insects, the butterfly's life cycle consists of four parts: egg, larva, pupa and adult. Most species are diurnal. Butterflies have large, often brightly coloured wings, and conspicuous, fluttering flight. Butterflies comprise the true butterflies, the skippers and the moth-butterflies. All the many other families within the Lepidoptera are referred to as moths. The earliest known butterfly fossils date to the mid Eocene epoch, 40–50 million years ago. Butterflies exhibit polymorphism, mimicry and aposematism. Some, like the Monarch, will migrate over long distances. Some butterflies have evolved symbiotic and parasitic relationships with social insects such as ants. Some species are pests because in their larval stages they can damage domestic crops or trees; however, some species are agents of pollination of some plants, and caterpillars of a few butterflies eat harmful insects. Culturally, butterflies are a popular motif in the visual and literary arts.
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Rank popularity for the word 'butterfly' in Nouns Frequency: #2800
The numerical value of butterfly in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of butterfly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.
I know not if I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or if I am now a butterfly dreaming I am a man.
I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly dreaming I am a man.
It's like hitting a butterfly, i thought we had better swings tonight than we did the other night. We just weren't able to score any runs.
A chinese philosopher once had a dream that he was a butterfly. From that day on, he was never quite certain that he was not a butterfly, dreaming that he was a man.
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Translations for butterfly
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- ཕྱེ་ལེབ, ཕྱེ་མ་ལེབTibetan Standard
- papallona, babaiana, paloma, papalló, papaió, palometaCatalan, Valencian
- pili-pala, iâr fach yr haf, glöyn bywWelsh
- sommerflue, skurvefugl, sommerfuglDanish
- Tagfalter, Schmetterling, Summervogl, FalterGerman
- pinpilinpauxa, pinpirin, tximeleta, inguma, marisorginBasque
- پروانه, شوپرکPersian
- palapala, pucharlar, bidilallah, lilldeh, bedelallahFula, Fulah, Pulaar, Pular
- perhonen, perhoslaastariFinnish
- firvaldur, fiðrildi, summarfuglurFaroese
- flinterWestern Frisian
- dearbadan-de, dealan-déScottish Gaelic
- bolboreta, volvoretaGalician
- ફૂદું, પતંગિયુંGujarati
- follican, folican, foillycanManx
- malam bu'de littafi, balebale, bude littafiHausa
- pillangó, lepkeHungarian
- kupu-kupu, rama-ramaIndonesian
- 蝶, 蝴蝶, 蝶々, バタフライ, チョウ, Japanese
- kihurutaKikuyu, Gikuyu
- onangaKwanyama, Kuanyama
- елбелек, кёбелекKazakh
- ಚಿಟ್ಟೆ, ಹಾತೆKannada
- sepirek, pirpirok, پهپوله, pelatînk, pepûleKurdish
- tykki-Dyw, tegenn DywCornish
- pāpiliō, papilionemLatin
- Päiperlék, Mëllerchen, MillermolerLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- mpornboli, kipouzalaLingala
- drugys, drugelis, peteliškėLithuanian
- pūrerehua, pepeke, pēpepeMāori
- пеперуга, пеперуткаMacedonian
- പൂമ്പാറ്റ, ചിത്രശലഭംMalayalam
- kupu-kupu, rama-ramaMalay
- fivrelde, sommerfuglNorwegian
- kʼaalógiiNavajo, Navaho
- parpalhòl, parpalhòc, parpalhonOccitan
- memengwaaOjibwe, Ojibwa
- гӕлӕбуOssetian, Ossetic
- ਤਿੱਤਲੀPanjabi, Punjabi
- spler, tgiralla, tschittaRomansh
- моты́ль, ба́бочка, мотылёкRussian
- शलभ, पतंगमSanskrit
- ле̏птӣр, lȅptīrSerbo-Croatian
- sororomele, serurubeleSouthern Sotho
- பட்டாம்பூச்சி, வண்ணத்துப்பூச்சிTamil
- సీతాకోక చిలుకTelugu
- шабпара, шапалакTajik
- mariposa, paruparoTagalog
- pūrehua, pepeTahitian
- كېپىنەكUyghur, Uighur
- تتلی, تیتلیUrdu
- bươm bướm, hồ điệpVietnamese
- hipab, hipabül, jipabül, pabalarvat, pab, jipab, pabülVolapük
- lëpp-lëpp biWolof
- פֿלאַטערל, זומער־פֿייגעלעYiddish
- i(li)twabitwabi, iveveshane, i(lu)vemvane, i(li)jubajubane, uvemvaneZulu
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