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butterfly

noun [C] uk   /ˈbʌt.ə.flaɪ/  us   /ˈbʌt̬.ɚ-/

butterfly noun [C] (INSECT)

B1 a type of insect with large, often brightly coloured wings
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butterfly noun [C] (PERSON)

disapproving a person who is not responsible or serious, and who is likely to change activities easily or only be interested in pleasure: She's such a social butterfly.

butterfly noun [C] (JEWELLERY)

the small metal part put on the back of a stud (= piece of jewellery worn in the ear) that keeps it in place

butterfly noun [C] (SWIMMING)

[S or U] (also the butterfly, butterfly stroke) a way of swimming on your front by kicking with your legs while raising your arms together out of the water and then bringing them down in front of you
Translations of “butterfly”
in Arabic فَراشة…
in Korean 나비…
in Malaysian rama-rama…
in French papillon…
in Turkish kelebek…
in Italian farfalla…
in Chinese (Traditional) 昆蟲, 蝴蝶…
in Russian бабочка…
in Polish motyl…
in Vietnamese con bướm…
in Spanish mariposa…
in Portuguese borboleta…
in Thai ผีเสื้อ…
in German der Schmetterling…
in Catalan papallona…
in Japanese (昆虫)チョウ…
in Indonesian kupu-kupu…
in Chinese (Simplified) 昆虫, 蝴蝶…
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