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Noun butterfly has 2 senses
  1. butterfly - diurnal insect typically having a slender body with knobbed antennae and broad colorful wings
    --1 is a kind of
    lepidopterous insect, lepidopteron, lepidopteran
    --1 has particulars:
     nymphalid, nymphalid butterfly, brush-footed butterfly, four-footed butterfly; ringlet, ringlet butterfly; danaid, danaid butterfly; pierid, pierid butterfly; sulphur butterfly, sulfur butterfly; lycaenid, lycaenid butterfly
  2. butterfly, butterfly stroke - a swimming stroke in which the arms are thrown forward together out of the water while the feet kick up and down
    --2 is a kind of swimming stroke
    --2 has parts: dolphin kick
Verb butterfly has 3 senses
  1. butterfly - flutter like a butterfly
    --1 is one way to
    flit, flutter, fleet, dart
    Sample sentences:
    Something ----s
    Somebody ----s
  2. butterfly - cut and spread open, as in preparation for cooking; "butterflied shrimp"
    --2 is one way to
    unfold, spread, spread out, open
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s something
  3. chat up, flirt, dally, butterfly, coquet, coquette, romance, philander, mash - talk or behave amorously, without serious intentions; "The guys always try to chat up the new secretaries"; "My husband never flirts with other women"
    --3 is one way to talk, speak
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s
    Somebody ----s PP
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