Butterfly

But"ter*fly`

(), n.;
pl. Butterflies ().
[Perh. from the color of a yellow species. AS. buter-flge, buttor-flege; cf. G. butterfliege, D. botervlieg. See Butter, and Fly.] (Zol.) A general name for the numerous species of diurnal Lepidoptera. [See Illust. under Aphrodite.]
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Asclepias butterfly. See under Asclepias. -- Butterfly fish (Zol.), the ocellated blenny (Blennius ocellaris) of Europe. See Blenny. The term is also applied to the flying gurnard. -- Butterfly shell (Zol.), a shell of the genus Voluta. -- Butterfly valve (Mech.), 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.
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