A flying insect of the order Lepidoptera , distinguished from moths by their diurnal activity and generally brighter colouring.
* 1897 , Henry James, What Maisie Knew :
The butterfly stroke.
A use of surgical tape, cut into thin strips and placed across an open wound to hold it closed.
- The day came indeed when her breathless auditors learnt from her in bewilderment that what ailed him was that he was, alas, simply not serious. Maisie wept on Mrs. Wix's bosom after hearing that Sir Claude was a butterfly [...].
- butterfly tape
* butterflies in one's stomach
* butterfly ballot
* butterfly banners
* butterfly bat
* butterfly bomb
* butterfly bush (see buddleia or buddleja)
* butterfly chair
* butterfly clam
* butterfly collector (see lepidopterist or lepidopterology)
* butterfly cod
* butterfly crab
* butterfly dam
* butterfly damper
* butterfly effect
* butterfly fish
* butterfly flower (see schizanthus)
* butterfly hinge
* butterfly knife
* butterfly knot
* butterfly lily
* butterfly mussel
* butterfly net
* butterfly nut (wing nut)
* butterfly orchid
* butterfly pea
* butterfly plant
* butterfly ray
* butterfly shell
* butterfly stroke (swimming)
* butterfly table
* butterfly tulip
* butterfly valve
* butterfly weed
* butterfly window
* float like a butterfly
* peacock butterfly
* social butterfly
To cut almost entirely in half and spread the halves apart, in a shape suggesting the wings of a butterfly.
- butterflied shrimp
To cut strips of surgical tape or plasters into thin strips, and place across a gaping wound to close it.
- Butterfly the chicken before you grill it.
From (etyl) rabet, from (etyl) dialect (compare (etyl) dialect rabbotte, . More at (l).
A mammal of the family Leporidae , with long ears, long hind legs and a short, fluffy tail.
*:Orion hit a rabbit once; but though sore wounded it got to the bury, and, struggling in, the arrow caught the side of the hole and was drawn out. Indeed, a nail filed sharp is not of much avail as an arrowhead; you must have it barbed, and that was a little beyond our skill.
The fur of a rabbit typically used to imitate another animal's fur.
A runner in a distance race whose goal is mainly to set the pace, either to tire a specific rival so that a teammate can win or to help another break a record; a pacesetter.
(lb) A very poor batsman; selected as a bowler or wicket-keeper.
(lb) A large element at the beginning of a list of items to be bubble sorted, and thus tending to be quickly swapped into its correct position. Compare turtle.
* bunny (hypocoristic'', ''colloquial'', ''pet name )
* bunny rabbit (hypocoristic'', ''colloquial'', ''pet name )
* coney, cony (dialect )
* breed like rabbits
* bunny rabbit
* fuck like rabbits
* kill the rabbit
* pull a rabbit out of the hat
* rabbit's foot
* the rabbit died
* Welsh rabbit
To hunt rabbits.
(US) To flee.
- ''The informant seemed skittish, as if he was about to rabbit .
* (to flee): run off, scamper, bolt
From Cockney rhyming slang rabbit and pork , to talk.
(British) To talk incessantly and in a childish manner; to babble annoyingly.
- Stop your infernal rabbiting ! Use proper words or nobody will listen to you!
- Commonly used in the form "to rabbit on"
* (to talk incessantly and childishly): babble, blather, prattle, ,
* chew the fat
* chew the cud (British)
* shoot the breeze (US)