butterfly

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: butterfly

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diurnal insect typically having a slender body with knobbed antennae and broad colorful wings
flutter like a butterfly
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a swimming stroke in which the arms are thrown forward together out of the water while the feet kick up and down
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cut and spread open, as in preparation for cooking
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talk or behave amorously, without serious intentions
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: butterfly
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n diurnal insect typically having a slender body with knobbed antennae and broad colorful wings

Types:
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brush-footed butterfly, four-footed butterfly, nymphalid, nymphalid butterfly
medium to large butterflies found worldwide typically having brightly colored wings and much-reduced nonfunctional forelegs carried folded on the breast
ringlet, ringlet butterfly
any of various butterflies belonging to the family Satyridae
danaid, danaid butterfly
large tropical butterfly with degenerate forelegs and an unpleasant taste
pierid, pierid butterfly
any of numerous pale-colored butterflies having three pairs of well-developed legs
sulfur butterfly, sulphur butterfly
any of numerous yellow or orange butterflies
lycaenid, lycaenid butterfly
any of various butterflies of the family Lycaenidae
Camberwell beauty, Nymphalis antiopa, mourning cloak, mourning cloak butterfly
of temperate regions; having dark purple wings with yellow borders
tortoiseshell, tortoiseshell butterfly
brilliantly colored; larvae feed on nettles
Vanessa virginiensis, painted beauty
American butterfly having dark brown wings with white and golden orange spots
admiral
any of several brightly colored butterflies
Vanessa atalanta, red admiral
of temperate Europe and Asia; having black wings with red and white markings
Limenitis camilla, white admiral
Eurasian butterfly with brown wings and white markings
Limenitis arthemis, banded purple, white admiral
North American butterfly with blue-black wings crossed by a broad white band
Limenitis astyanax, red-spotted purple
similar to the banded purple but with red spots on underwing surfaces
Limenitis archippus, viceroy
showy American butterfly resembling the monarch but smaller
anglewing
nymphalid butterfly having angular notches on the outer edges of the forewings
Polygonia comma, comma, comma butterfly
anglewing butterfly with a comma-shaped mark on the underside of each hind wing
fritillary
butterfly with brownish wings marked with black and silver
emperor, emperor butterfly
large richly colored butterfly
Inachis io, peacock, peacock butterfly
European butterfly having reddish-brown wings each marked with a purple eyespot
Danaus plexippus, milkweed butterfly, monarch, monarch butterfly
large migratory American butterfly having deep orange wings with black and white markings; the larvae feed on milkweed
cabbage butterfly
white butterfly whose larvae (cabbageworms) feed on cabbage
blue
any of numerous small butterflies of the family Lycaenidae
copper
any of various small butterflies of the family Lycaenidae having coppery wings
hairstreak, hairstreak butterfly
small butterflies having striped markings under the wings
Type of:
lepidopteran, lepidopteron, lepidopterous insect
insect that in the adult state has four wings more or less covered with tiny scales

v flutter like a butterfly

Type of:
dart, fleet, flit, flutter
move along rapidly and lightly; skim or dart
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n a swimming stroke in which the arms are thrown forward together out of the water while the feet kick up and down

Synonyms:
butterfly stroke
Type of:
swimming stroke
a method of moving the arms and legs to push against the water and propel the swimmer forward
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v cut and spread open, as in preparation for cooking

Type of:
open, spread, spread out, unfold
spread out or open from a closed or folded state
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v talk or behave amorously, without serious intentions

Synonyms:
chat up, coquet, coquette, dally, flirt, mash, philander, romance
Types:
wanton
engage in amorous play
vamp
act seductively with (someone)
Type of:
speak, talk
exchange thoughts; talk with
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