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Noun: butterfly  'bú-tu(r),flI
  1. Diurnal insect typically having a slender body with knobbed antennae and broad colourful wings
  2. A swimming stroke in which the arms are thrown forward together out of the water while the feet kick up and down
    - butterfly stroke
Verb: butterfly  'bú-tu(r),flI
  1. Flutter like a butterfly
  2. (cooking) cut and spread open, as in preparation for cooking
    "butterflied shrimp"
  3. Talk or behave amorously, without serious intentions
    "The guys always try to butterfly the new secretaries";
    - chat up, flirt, dally, coquet, coquette, romance, philander, mash, flirter

Derived forms: butterflied, butterflies, butterflying

Type of: dart, fleet, flit, flutter, lepidopteran, lepidopteron, lepidopterous insect, open, speak, spread, spread out, swimming stroke, talk, unfold

Encyclopedia: Butterfly, Kentucky