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butterfly


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Butterfly  \But"ter*fly`\,  n.;  pl  {Butterflies}.  [Perh.  from  the 
  color  of  a  yellow  species.  AS  buter-fl[=e]ge, 
  buttor-fle['o]ge;  cf  G.  butterfliege  D.  botervlieg  See 
  {Butter},  and  {Fly}.]  (Zo["o]l.) 
  A  general  name  for  the  numerous  species  of  diurnal 
  Lepidoptera. 
 
  Note:  [See  Illust.  under  {Aphrodite}.] 
 
  {Asclepias  butterfly}.  See  under  {Asclepias}. 
 
  {Butterfly  fish}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  ocellated  blenny  ({Blennius 
  ocellaris})  of  Europe.  See  {Blenny}.  The  term  is  also 
  applied  to  the  flying  gurnard. 
 
  {Butterfly  shell}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  shell  of  the  genus  {Voluta}. 
 
 
  {Butterfly  valve}  (Mech.),  a  kind  of  double  clack  valve, 
  consisting  of  two  semicircular  clappers  or  wings  hinged  to 
  a  cross  rib  in  the  pump  bucket.  When  open  it  somewhat 
  resembles  a  butterfly  in  shape. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  butterfly 
  n  1:  diurnal  insect  typically  having  a  slender  body  with  knobbed 
  antennae  and  broad  colorful  wings 
  2:  a  swimming  stroke  in  which  the  arms  are  thrown  forward 
  together  out  of  the  water  while  the  feet  kick  up  and  down 
  [syn:  {butterfly  stroke}] 




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