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butterfly British & World English

A nectar-feeding insect with two pairs of large, typically brightly coloured wings that are covered with microscopic scales. Butterflies are distinguished from moths by having clubbed or dilated antennae, holding their wings erect when at rest, and being active by day

butterfly in fly2 British & World English

Used in names of flying insects of other orders, e.g. butterfly, dragonfly, firefly

butterfly net British & World English

A fine-meshed bag supported on a frame at the end of a handle, used for catching butterflies

butterfly nut British & World English

Another term for wing nut111.

butterfly ray British & World English

A small ray of warm coastal waters with very broad triangular fins

map butterfly British & World English

A butterfly that has cream or brown wings crossed by narrow contrasting lines

owl butterfly British & World English

A very large South American butterfly which flies at dusk, with a large eye-like marking on the underside of each hindwing

sea butterfly British & World English

A small mollusc with wing-like extensions to its body which it uses for swimming

butterfly bush British & World English

A Chinese buddleia that is cultivated in the West for its large spikes of fragrant purplish-lilac or white flowers, which are highly attractive to butterflies

butterfly cake British & World English

A small sponge cake with its top cut off and divided into two pieces, which are then fixed to the cake with buttercream at an angle to resemble a butterfly’s wings

butterfly fish British & World English

Any of a number of brightly coloured or boldly marked fish of warm waters, in particular:

butterfly knife British & World English

A long, broad knife used in pairs in some forms of kung fu

butterfly valve British & World English

A valve consisting of a rotating circular plate or a pair of hinged semicircular plates, attached to a transverse spindle and mounted inside a pipe in order to regulate or prevent flow

butterfly weed British & World English

A North American milkweed with bright orange flowers which are attractive to butterflies

snout butterfly British & World English

A butterfly with long palps that extend in front of the head like a snout

butterfly effect British & World English

(With reference to chaos theory) the phenomenon whereby a minute localized change in a complex system can have large effects elsewhere

butterfly orchid British & World English

A wild orchid with a flower that somewhat resembles a butterfly in shape, found in both Eurasia and North America

peacock butterfly British & World English

A brightly coloured Eurasian butterfly with conspicuous eyespots on its wings

tortoiseshell butterfly British & World English

A butterfly with mottled orange, yellow, and black markings, and wavy wing margins

comma butterfly in comma British & World English

A widespread butterfly that has orange and brown wings with ragged edges, and a white comma-shaped mark on the underside of the hindwing

buckeye butterfly in buckeye British & World English

An orange and brown New World butterfly with conspicuous eyespots on the wings

monarch butterfly in monarch British & World English

A large migratory orange and black butterfly that occurs mainly in North America. The caterpillar feeds on milkweed, using the toxins in the plant to render both itself and the adult unpalatable to predators

birdwing British & World English

A very large boldly marked butterfly occurring in the tropical parts of Australasia

bird-winged butterfly in birdwing British & World English

A very large boldly marked butterfly occurring in the tropical parts of Australasia

swallowtail British & World English

A large brightly coloured butterfly with tail-like projections on the hindwings

swallowtail butterfly in swallowtail British & World English

A large brightly coloured butterfly with tail-like projections on the hindwings