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butterfly net

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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Of course, you wouldn't wear leather gaiters, or carry a butterfly net.

    Paradise Garden George Gibbs
  • Professor Snodgrass was busy mending a hole in his butterfly net.

  • And there, sure enough, in the collector's butterfly net sat the great Arctic moth, listening attentively to the conversation.

    The Book of Dragons Edith Nesbit
  • And perhaps we shall see Mr. Beaumont with his butterfly net.

    Arundel Edward Frederic Benson
  • And there wasn't a child, black or white, who didn't know and like the man with the butterfly net.

  • And that was his butterfly net, all of Biddell now, his sole monument and reminder.

    The Sea and the Jungle H. M. Tomlinson
  • Mooring the boat to the bank, the boys leaped out, the professor pausing to take several specimen boxes and his butterfly net.

  • Marcia saw her several times in our fields with her butterfly net.

    Paradise Garden George Gibbs
  • And I will be, as long as I can see, and handle my butterfly net, declared Mr. Snodgrass.

  • And one can put his skill at lightning turns to the test if one attempts to catch him in a butterfly net.

    Birds in Flight W. P. Pycraft

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