but·ter·fly /-ˌflaɪ/ 名詞
But·ter·fly n.; pl. Butterflies Zool. A general name for the numerous species of diurnal Lepidoptera.
Note: [See Illust. under Aphrodite.]
Asclepias butterfly. See under Asclepias.
Butterfly fish Zool., the ocellated blenny (Blennius ocellaris) of Europe. See Blenny. The term is also applied to the flying gurnard.
Butterfly shell Zool., 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.
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]
v 1: flutter like a butterfly
2: cut and spread open, as in preparation for cooking;
3: talk or behave amorously, without serious intentions; "The
guys always try to chat up the new secretaries"; "My
husband never flirts with other women" [syn: chat up, flirt,
dally, coquet, coquette, romance, philander, mash]