Adjective "Butterflied" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A nectar-feeding insect with two pairs of large, typically brightly coloured wings that are covered with microscopic scales. Butterflies are distinguished from moths by having clubbed or dilated antennae, holding their wings erect when at rest, and being active by day.
  1. 'There's the butterfly house, a riot of colourful plants and animals with more than 60 species of butterflies and moths.'
  2. 'The real kicker for this cover is its silvery, holographic pattern of a butterfly's wing as a background to the larger white silhouette.'
  3. 'As well as their important compost-creating role, nettles also provide excellent food for some butterflies and moths and are much-loved by ladybirds.'
  4. 'For example, the differences between forewings and hindwings of insects with two pairs of wings, such as butterflies, are probably regulated by the Ubx gene.'
  5. 'These are visited by a diverse array of animals, including bees, hawk moths, beetles, butterflies, long-tongued flies, hummingbirds and bats.'
  6. 'There were colourful butterflies, moths, monkeys and lizards and for visitors all this wonderful wildlife could be seem from walkways strung high in the air from the upper branches.'
  7. 'In his museum at Tring, which is just north-west of London, he had two and a quarter million butterflies and moths alone.'
  8. 'Secondary pollinators were diurnal hawk moths and butterflies.'
  9. 'In the windows passers-by will see a plethora of wildlife, including butterflies, insects and moths, which have lived in the building at one point in its history.'
  10. 'Where have all the butterflies, moths and bees gone?'
  11. 'She shuddered slightly and I dug through the basket on the back of the toilet, pulling out a butterfly clip and pulling back her bangs with it before staring to braid the rest.'
  12. 'Bizcochito, an anise-flavored sugar cookie molded by hand into a butterfly shape.'
  13. 'She had jazzed up her short curls with butterfly clips.'
  14. 'Examples for this progress are the discovery of the genetic basis for the evolution of butterfly wing patterns and for the evolution of arthropod body regions.'
  15. 'Her long, straight blond hair was piled messily on top of her head and twinkled with sparkly butterfly clips and hairpins.'
  16. 'Tina Hyland was wearing butterfly clips in her hair.'
  17. 'Just then Delilah skipped up, her blonde hair pulled back into sparkly butterfly clips.'
  18. 'Back on the ground, we sat up straight and drew our feet together into a butterfly.'
  19. 'Ji Ah's eyelids fluttered like butterfly wings, and were laced with delicate blue veins, and defined by thick lashes.'
  20. 'The box stated that it made 16 butterfly cakes, which are basically plain fairy cakes, with the top sliced off, filled with icing and then the top of the cake is halved and put back on to look like wings.'
  21. 'a social butterfly'
  22. 'Friday still will be family night, although our daughter, Adrienne, is 14 and has become a social butterfly.'
  23. 'I not a social butterfly per se, but I like to go out.'
  24. 'Even though I was a social butterfly for the most part, any time I didn't have anything to do, I would drink.'
  25. 'And the page was not the preferred location for social butterflies.'
  26. 'But Max, who is actually much more of a social butterfly than I am, insisted.'
  27. 'As I've already said, I'm not exactly a social butterfly.'
  28. 'I always had friends, but I was never a social butterfly.'
  29. 'She seemed a social butterfly to him, and in one morning, she had already been invited to five places, and she assured all five people she'd call them and discuss details.'
  30. 'It started off like any other school year; Liz being a social butterfly, and me being totally silent around her other friends.'
  31. 'Are you kind of a social butterfly, do you think?'
  32. 'The rest of the week flew by, and as Friday rehearsal rolled around, I was getting nervous butterflies in my stomach.'
  33. 'Lethya walked down the hall, butterflies fluttering in her stomach.'
  34. 'Nervous butterflies fluttered in her stomach every time a messenger or lower official left Orwell's tent for fear that it might be Smith.'
  35. 'He still felt a great sensation of butterflies in his stomach though, now more so than ever, as he had no idea what to expect.'
  36. 'Their eyes locked and Lily felt the butterflies fluttering in her stomach.'
  37. 'His Adam's apple bobbed up and down, which sent butterflies fluttering in her stomach.'
  38. 'I began to feel the beginnings of butterflies fluttering in my stomach.'
  39. 'Oh, how she missed those mystifying green eyes and that dashingly handsome smile that sent fluttering butterflies down her stomach.'
  40. 'No, I was thinking about how the light shined into his hair and how his nervous chuckle caused butterflies in my stomach.'
  41. 'I exclaimed with a smile trying to hide the nervous butterflies in my stomach.'
A stroke in swimming in which both arms are raised out of the water and lifted forwards together.
  1. 'He was second in freestyle, third in both backstroke and butterfly and fourth in breaststroke.'
  2. 'In the butterfly, Marshall ranks among the national leaders, as does Torpey.'
  3. 'This includes butterfly obviously another dangerous swimming stroke!'
  4. 'Any swimming stroke will help improve your stride, but the butterfly translates best to cross-country skiing.'
  5. 'Jenny's freestyle refinements might not have happened if she had not been hungry to swim a better butterfly.'
  6. 'Two kicks give roughly the same distance as a full butterfly stroke.'
  7. 'She is also the only woman to have won golds in three different strokes - freestyle, backstroke and butterfly.'
  8. 'After you've taught the butterfly, add dolphin kick on the back to backstroke instruction.'
  9. 'In butterfly, shoulder flexibility can facilitate the arm recovery and can save energy for the important underwater pull.'
  10. 'Performing drills that focus on breathing, timing and acceleration can help a swimmer grasp the finer points of swimming butterfly.'


Split (a piece of meat or fish) almost in two and spread it out flat.
  1. 'So I butterflied it - yielding two pieces that were about 1/2 an inch thick.'
  2. 'The red snapper we had chosen came to the table deboned and butterflied, where it was served onto our plates with a garnish of endive, radicchio, lemon wedges and capers.'
  3. 'He carries lamb in medallions, butterflied, frenched, minced, diced, sliced and stroganoffed.'
  4. 'We decided to go with the 12-pounder and the man cut its head off, cut its tail off, shaved off the scales, butterflied it and deboned it.'
  5. 'When ordered, the hot dogs are split lengthwise and butterflied on the grill for one last blast of heat.'

More definitions

noun, plural butterflies.

1. any of numerous diurnal insects of the order Lepidoptera, characterized by clubbed antennae, a slender body, and large, broad, often conspicuously marked wings.

2. a person who flits aimlessly from one interest or group to another: a social butterfly.

3. butterflies, (used with a plural verb) Informal. a queasy feeling, as from nervousness, excitement, etc.

4. a racing breaststroke, using a dolphin kick, in which the swimmer brings both arms out of the water i


(butterfly)Old English, from butter + fly; perhaps from the cream or yellow colour of common species, or from an old belief that the insects stole butter.