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butterfly US English

An insect with two pairs of large wings that are covered with tiny scales, usually brightly colored, and typically held erect when at rest. Butterflies fly by day, have clubbed or dilated antennae, and usually feed on nectar

butterfly in fly2 US English

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

butterfly stroke in butterfly US English

A stroke in swimming in which both arms are raised out of the water and lifted forward together

butterfly net US English

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

butterfly nut US English

Another term for wing nut.

butterfly ray US English

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

owl butterfly US English

A very large South American butterfly that flies at dusk, with a large eyelike marking on the underside of each hind wing

sea butterfly US English

Another term for pteropod.

map butterfly US English

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

butterfly bush US 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 US 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 knife US English

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

butterfly valve US English

A valve consisting of a disk rotating on an axis across the diameter of a pipe to regulate the flow, as in the throttles of many engines

butterfly weed US English

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

snout butterfly US English

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

butterfly effect US English

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

butterfly orchid US English

An epiphytic wild orchid of South America with large yellow and red flowers that somewhat resemble a butterfly in shape

butterfly stroke US English

Another term for butterfly (in swimming).

peacock butterfly US English

A brightly colored Eurasian butterfly with conspicuous eyespots on its wings

monarch butterfly US 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

tortoiseshell butterfly US English

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

butterflyfish US English

Any of a number of typically brightly colored or boldly marked fish of warm waters, in particular

comma butterfly in comma US English

A butterfly that has wings with irregular, ragged edges and typically a white or silver comma-shaped mark on the underside of each hind wing

buckeye butterfly in buckeye US English

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

emperor butterfly in emperor US English

An orange and brown North American butterfly with a swift dodging flight, breeding chiefly on hackberries

milkweed butterfly in milkweed US English

another term for monarch butterfly.

swallowtail US English

A large brightly colored butterfly with taillike projections (suggestive of a swallow’s tail) on the hind wings

swallowtail butterfly in swallowtail US English

A large brightly colored butterfly with taillike projections (suggestive of a swallow’s tail) on the hind wings

birdwing US English

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

bird-winged butterfly in birdwing US English

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

butterfly English-Spanish

mariposa feminine

butterfly net English-Spanish

red, cazamariposas masculine

butterfly nut English-Spanish

(tuerca feminine de) mariposa feminine

butterfly valve English-Spanish

(válvula feminine de) mariposa feminine

butterfly stroke English-Spanish

estilo masculine mariposa, estilo masculine de mariposa Mexico/México

monarch butterfly English-Spanish

(mariposa feminine) monarca feminine

to do the butterfly in butterfly English-Spanish

nadar (estilo) mariposa, nadar a mariposa, nadar de mariposa

coin/butterfly collection in collection English-Spanish

colección de monedas/mariposas

the butterfly folded its wings in fold English-Spanish

la mariposa plegó las alas