What does Butterfly mean?

Definitions for Butterfly
ˈbʌt ərˌflaɪBut·ter·f·ly

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. butterflynoun

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

  2. butterfly, butterfly strokeverb

    a swimming stroke in which the arms are thrown forward together out of the water while the feet kick up and down

  3. butterflyverb

    flutter like a butterfly

  4. butterflyverb

    cut and spread open, as in preparation for cooking

    "butterflied shrimp"

  5. chat up, flirt, dally, butterfly, coquet, coquette, romance, philander, mashverb

    talk or behave amorously, without serious intentions

    "The guys always try to chat up the new secretaries"; "My husband never flirts with other women"

Wiktionary

  1. butterflynoun

    A flying insect of the order Lepidoptera, distinguished from moths by their diurnal activity and generally brighter colouring.

  2. butterflynoun

    Someone seen as being unserious and (originally) dressed gaudily; someone flighty and unreliable.

  3. butterflynoun

    The butterfly stroke.

  4. butterflynoun

    A use of surgical tape, cut into thin strips and placed across an open wound to hold it closed.

    butterfly tape

  5. butterflyverb

    To cut almost entirely in half and spread the halves apart, in a shape suggesting the wings of a butterfly.

  6. butterflyverb

    To cut strips of surgical tape or plasters into thin strips, and place across a gaping wound to close it.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Butterflynoun

    a general name for the numerous species of diurnal Lepidoptera

Freebase

  1. Butterfly

    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.

Editors Contribution

  1. butterfly

    A type of insect.

    Butterflies are so beautiful to watch as they dance together in pairs.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 15, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Butterfly' in Nouns Frequency: #2800

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Butterfly in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Butterfly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of Butterfly in a Sentence

  1. Rachel Maginn Rosser:

    She was in the best shape of her life. She was working out five times a week with a personal trainer. She loved to go out and have fun. She was a social butterfly. And she got sick, and it was just a slow decline from there.

  2. Andre Simpson:

    We did analysis on the butterfly. It felt rubbery to touch, with a waxy surface that repelled water.

  3. Katie VanBlaricum:

    I managed to find [a butterfly] that was the same size and shape that could work.

  4. Richard Bach:

    The mark of your ignorance is the depth of your belief in injustice and tragedy. What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.

  5. Rene Descartes:

    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.

Images & Illustrations of Butterfly

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