sea butterfly


noun

any member of the gastropod order Pteropoda, shelled marine mollusks so called for their ability to swim using winglike extensions of the foot.

Nearby words

  1. sea blubber,
  2. sea bread,
  3. sea bream,
  4. sea breeze,
  5. sea buckthorn,
  6. sea cabbage,
  7. sea calf,
  8. sea canary,
  9. sea captain,
  10. sea change

Origin of sea butterfly

First recorded in 1880–85

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British Dictionary definitions for sea butterfly

sea butterfly

noun

another name for pteropod
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