Origin: Perh. From the colour of a yellow species. AS. Buter-flege, buttor-fleoge; cf. G. Butterfliege, D. Botervlieg. See Butter, and Fly.

<zoology> A general name for the numerous species of diurnal Lepidoptera.

See: Illust. Under Aphrodite] Asclepias butterfly. See Asclepias. Butterfly fish, a kind of double clack valve, consisting of two semicircular clappers or wings hinged to a cross rib in the pump bucket. When open it somewhat resembles a butterfly in shape.

(01 Mar 1998)

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