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butterfly

[ buht-er-flahy ]
/ 藞b蕦t 蓹r藢fla瑟 /
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noun, plural but路ter路flies.
verb (used with object), but路ter路flied, but路ter路fly路ing.
Cooking. to slit open and spread apart to resemble the spread wings of a butterfly.
adjective Also butterflied.
Cooking. split open and spread apart to resemble a butterfly: butterfly shrimp; butterfly steak.
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Origin of butterfly

before 1000; Middle English boterflye,Old English buttorfl膿oge.See butter, fly1

OTHER WORDS FROM butterfly

but路ter路fly路like, adjective, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for butterfly

butterfly
/ (藞b蕦t蓹藢fla瑟) /

noun plural -flies
any diurnal insect of the order Lepidoptera that has a slender body with clubbed antennae and typically rests with the wings (which are often brightly coloured) closed over the backCompare moth Related adjective: lepidopteran
a person who never settles with one group, interest, or occupation for long
a swimming stroke in which the arms are plunged forward together in large circular movements
commerce the simultaneous purchase and sale of traded call options, at different exercise prices or with different expiry dates, on a stock exchange or commodity market

Word Origin for butterfly

Old English buttorfl膿oge; the name perhaps is based on a belief that butterflies stole milk and butter
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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