- a conical net of fine mesh held open by a round rim to which a long handle is attached, used for collecting butterflies and other insects.
Origin of butterfly net
First recorded in 1820–30
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Examples from the Web for butterfly net
"Like a comedy professor with a butterfly-net," roared Lyaeus.Rosinante to the Road Again</p>
John Dos Passos
He carried his butterfly-net in one hand, and the unfailing rifle in the other.Blown to Bits
In another moment she was a prisoner under the butterfly-net.'That Very Mab'
May Kendall and Andrew Lang
So saying, Mulvaney took up his butterfly-net, and returned to barracks.Soldier Stories
He loves to pick the wild flowers or run over the grass with his butterfly-net.Diplomatic Days