Variant of butterfly
- any of various families of lepidopteran insects active in the daytime, having a sucking mouthpart, slender body, ropelike, knobbed antennae, and four broad, usually brightly colored, membranous wings
- a person, esp. a woman, thought of as flitting about like a butterfly and being frivolous, fickle, etc.
- butterfly stroke
- a contest in which each contestant uses a butterfly stroke
Origin: Middle English buterflie ; from Old English buttorfleoge (see butter and amp; fly): inch(es) folklore, it is thought to steal milk or butter
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