Meaning of “butterfly” in the English Dictionary

"butterfly" in British English

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butterflynoun [ C ]

uk /ˈbʌt.ə.flaɪ/ us /ˈbʌt̬.ɚ.flaɪ/

butterfly noun [ C ] (INSECT)

B1 a type of insect with large, often brightly coloured wings

Examples

  • These flowers are brightly coloured in order to attract butterflies.
  • Some butterflies blend in with their surroundings so that it's difficult to see them.
  • A butterfly alighted gently on the flower.
  • a butterfly net

(Definition of “butterfly” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"butterfly" in American English

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butterflynoun [ C ]

us /ˈbʌt̬·ərˌflɑɪ/

(Definition of “butterfly” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)