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BUTTERFLY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does butterfly mean? 

BUTTERFLY (noun)
  The noun BUTTERFLY has 2 senses:

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

  Familiarity information: BUTTERFLY used as a noun is rare.


BUTTERFLY (verb)
  The verb BUTTERFLY has 3 senses:

1. flutter like a butterfly
2. cut and spread open, as in preparation for cooking
3. talk or behave amorously, without serious intentions

  Familiarity information: BUTTERFLY used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


BUTTERFLY (noun)


Sense 1butterfly [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting animals

Hypernyms ("butterfly" is a kind of...):

lepidopteran; lepidopteron; lepidopterous insect (insect that in the adult state has four wings more or less covered with tiny scales)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "butterfly"):

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)


Sense 2butterfly [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

butterfly stroke; butterfly

Hypernyms ("butterfly" is a kind of...):

swimming stroke (a method of moving the arms and legs to push against the water and propel the swimmer forward)

Meronyms (parts of "butterfly"):

dolphin kick (a swimming kick; an up and down kick of the feet together)


BUTTERFLY (verb)


Sense 1butterfly [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Flutter like a butterfly

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Hypernyms (to "butterfly" is one way to...):

dart; fleet; flit; flutter (move along rapidly and lightly; skim or dart)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s


Sense 2butterfly [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cut and spread open, as in preparation for cooking

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Context example:

butterflied shrimp

Hypernyms (to "butterfly" is one way to...):

open; spread; spread out; unfold (spread out or open from a closed or folded state)

Domain category:

cookery; cooking; preparation (the act of preparing something (as food) by the application of heat)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 3butterfly [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Talk or behave amorously, without serious intentions

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

flirt; coquette; coquet; chat up; philander; mash; romance; dally; butterfly

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms (to "butterfly" is one way to...):

speak; talk (exchange thoughts; talk with)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "butterfly"):

wanton (engage in amorous play)

vamp (act seductively with (someone))

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP


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