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butterfly
  • n  diurnal insect typically having a slender body with knobbed antennae and broad colorful wings
  • n  a swimming stroke in which the arms are thrown forward together out of the water while the feet kick up and down
  • v  flutter like a butterfly
  • v  cut and spread open, as in preparation for cooking
  • v  talk or behave amorously, without serious intentions
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butterfly bush
  • n  tropical shrub having clusters of white or violet or yellow flowers
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butterfly collector
  • n  an entomologist who specializes in the collection and study of butterflies and moths
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butterfly effect
  • n  the phenomenon whereby a small change at one place in a complex system can have large effects elsewhere, e.g., a butterfly flapping its wings in Rio de Janeiro might change the weather in Chicago
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butterfly fish
  • n  small usually brilliantly colored tropical marine fishes having narrow deep bodies with large broad fins; found worldwide
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butterfly flower
  • n  any plant of the genus Schizanthus having finely divided leaves and showy variegated flowers
  • n  shrub or small tree of Dutch Guiana having clusters of pink flowers streaked with purple
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butterfly nut
  • n  a threaded nut with winglike projections for thumb and forefinger leverage in turning
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butterfly orchid
  • n  any orchid of the genus Psychopsis: spectacular large tiger-striped orchids
  • n  any orchid of the genus Oncidium: characterized by slender branching sprays of small yellow and brown flowers; often grown as houseplants
  • n  Mexican epiphytic orchid having pale green or yellow-green flowers with white purple-veined lip
  • n  orchid of Florida and the Bahamas having showy brightly colored flowers; sometimes placed in genus Epidendrum
  • n  Mediterranean orchid having usually purple flowers with a fan-shaped spotted or striped rose-red lip
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butterfly orchis
  • n  Mexican epiphytic orchid having pale green or yellow-green flowers with white purple-veined lip
  • n  Mediterranean orchid having usually purple flowers with a fan-shaped spotted or striped rose-red lip
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butterfly pea
  • n  vine of tropical Asia having pinnate leaves and bright blue flowers with yellow centers
  • n  large-flowered wild twining vine of southeastern and central United States having pale blue flowers
  • n  large-flowered weakly twining or prostrate vine of New Jersey to tropical eastern North America, sometimes cultivated for its purple and white flowers
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butterfly plant
  • n  orchid having large elliptic to obovate fleshy leaves and fragrant pink-and-white flowers dotted with red
  • n  any orchid of the genus Oncidium: characterized by slender branching sprays of small yellow and brown flowers; often grown as houseplants
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butterfly stroke
  • n  a swimming stroke in which the arms are thrown forward together out of the water while the feet kick up and down
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butterfly valve
  • n  a valve in a carburetor that consists of a disc that turns and acts as a throttle
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butterfly weed
  • n  erect perennial of eastern and southern United States having showy orange flowers
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butterflyfish
  • n  tropical fish with huge fanlike pectoral fins for underwater gliding; unrelated to searobins
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butterhead lettuce
  • n  lettuce with relatively soft leaves in a loose head; easily broken or bruised
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buttermilk
  • n  residue from making butter from sour raw milk; or pasteurized milk curdled by adding a culture
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buttermilk biscuit
  • n  very tender biscuit partially leavened with buttermilk and soda
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