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English noun: butterfly

1. butterfly (animal) diurnal insect typically having a slender body with knobbed antennae and broad colorful wings


Broader (hypernym)lepidopteran, lepidopteron, lepidopterous insect


Narrower (hyponym)brush-footed butterfly, danaid, danaid butterfly, four-footed butterfly, lycaenid, lycaenid butterfly, nymphalid, nymphalid butterfly, pierid, pierid butterfly, ringlet, ringlet butterfly, sulfur butterfly, sulphur butterfly

2. butterfly (act) a swimming stroke in which the arms are thrown forward together out of the water while the feet kick up and down


Synonymsbutterfly stroke


Broader (hypernym)swimming stroke


Part holonymdolphin kick


English verb: butterfly

1. butterfly (motion) flutter like a butterfly


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)dart, fleet, flit, flutter

2. butterfly (contact) cut and spread open, as in preparation for cooking


SamplesButterflied shrimp.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)open, spread, spread out, unfold


Domain categorycookery, cooking, preparation

3. butterfly (communication) talk or behave amorously, without serious intentions


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


Synonymschat up, coquet, coquette, dally, flirt, mash, philander, romance


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)speak, talk


Narrower (hyponym)vamp, wanton









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