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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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