Definition of butterfly net in English:

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butterfly net

Pronunciation: /ˈbədərˌflī net/

noun

1A fine-meshed bag supported on a frame at the end of a handle for catching butterflies.
Example sentences
  • At times, catching bubbles with a butterfly net might seem to provide a more worthwhile preoccupation.
  • We could use those or simply use hand nets, like a butterfly net, to catch our bats.
  • We don't know if we need an elephant gun or a butterfly net to deal with them.
1.1 humorous A butterfly net supposedly dropped over a person in order to take the person away to a mental hospital: the men with the butterfly nets will be sitting on the foot of my bed
More example sentences
  • Then two guys with white coats and a butterfly net come and chase him around.
  • This was a marked difference to some of Golota's previous contests when he has had to be ushered into the ring at gunpoint and pursued on his way out of it with a butterfly net.
  • Vogts, on Friday, spoke with such matter-of-fact enthusiasm about all these players and options it was tempting to look around for men in white coats with butterfly nets.

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Syllabification: but·ter·fly net

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