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
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Examples from the Web for butterfly net

Historical Examples of butterfly net

  • "Like a comedy professor with a butterfly-net," roared Lyaeus.

  • He carried his butterfly-net in one hand, and the unfailing rifle in the other.

    Blown to Bits

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • 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

    Rudyard Kipling

  • He loves to pick the wild flowers or run over the grass with his butterfly-net.

    Diplomatic Days

    Edith O'Shaughnessy