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American English: /ˈbədərˌflaɪ/
British English: /ˈbʌtəflʌɪ/

Translation of butterfly in Spanish:

noun plural butterflies

  • 1 countable (Zoology)
    Example sentences
    • The Peaks are also a stronghold for the striking green hairstreak butterfly and the emperor moth, which feeds on heather.
    • In the windows passers-by will see a plethora of wildlife, including butterflies, insects and moths, which have lived in the building at one point in its history.
    • This is a bacteria that is only harmful to Lepidoptera - butterflies and moths.
  • 2 countable (person)
    (persona que no sienta cabeza)
    Example sentences
    • Are you kind of a social butterfly, do you think?
    • I not a social butterfly per se, but I like to go out.
    • I always had friends, but I was never a social butterfly.
  • 3 uncountable (swimming stroke) to do the butterfly
    nadar (estilo) mariposa
    nadar a mariposa (Spain)
    nadar de mariposa (Mexico)
    Example sentences
    • Her only weak stroke was the butterfly, and this stood in the way of her improving in the IM events.
    • She is also the only woman to have won golds in three different strokes - freestyle, backstroke and butterfly.
    • Performing drills that focus on breathing, timing and acceleration can help a swimmer grasp the finer points of swimming butterfly.
  • 4
    also: butterflies plural
    (nervous feeling)
    nervios (masculine plural)
    my butterflies disappear as soon as I get on stage
    los nervios se me pasan en cuanto subo al escenario
    to get/have butterflies (in one's stomach)
    ponerse/estar nervioso
    Example sentences
    • Nervous butterflies fluttered in her stomach every time a messenger or lower official left Orwell's tent for fear that it might be Smith.
    • Marie shook her head; trying to ward off the butterflies fluttering nervously about in her stomach.
    • I'm not yet a good driver, nor a completely confident one but at least the idea of doing it no longer sets butterflies fluttering in my stomach.
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