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Moth vs. Butterfly

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Mothnoun

A usually nocturnal insect of the order Lepidoptera, distinguished from butterflies by feather-like antennae.

Butterflynoun

A flying insect of the order Lepidoptera, distinguished from moths by their diurnal activity and generally brighter colouring.

Mothnoun

(figurative) Anything that gradually and silently eats, consumes, or wastes any other thing.

Butterflynoun

A use of surgical tape, cut into thin strips and placed across an open wound to hold it closed.

‘butterfly tape’;

Mothnoun

The plant Vigna aconitifolia, moth bean.

Butterflynoun

(swimming) The butterfly stroke.

Mothverb

(intransitive) To hunt for moths.

Butterflynoun

Someone seen as being unserious and (originally) dressed gaudily; someone flighty and unreliable.

Mothnoun

A mote.

Butterflyverb

(transitive) To cut (food) almost entirely in half and spread the halves apart, in a shape suggesting the wings of a butterfly.

‘butterflied shrimp’; ‘Butterfly the chicken before you grill it.’;

Mothnoun

Any nocturnal lepidopterous insect, or any not included among the butterflies; as, the luna moth; Io moth; hawk moth.

Butterflyverb

(transitive) To cut strips of surgical tape or plasters into thin strips, and place across (a gaping wound) to close it.

Mothnoun

Any lepidopterous insect that feeds upon garments, grain, etc.; as, the clothes moth; grain moth; bee moth. See these terms under Clothes, Grain, etc.

Butterflynoun

A general name for the numerous species of diurnal Lepidoptera.

Mothnoun

Any one of various other insects that destroy woolen and fur goods, etc., esp. the larvæ of several species of beetles of the genera Dermestes and Anthrenus. Carpet moths are often the larvæ of Anthrenus. See Carpet beetle, under Carpet, Dermestes, Anthrenus.

Butterflynoun

diurnal insect typically having a slender body with knobbed antennae and broad colorful wings

Mothnoun

Anything which gradually and silently eats, consumes, or wastes any other thing.

Butterflynoun

a swimming stroke in which the arms are thrown forward together out of the water while the feet kick up and down

Mothnoun

typically crepuscular or nocturnal insect having a stout body and feathery or hairlike antennae

Butterflyverb

flutter like a butterfly

Moth

Moths are a paraphyletic group of insects that includes all members of the order Lepidoptera that are not butterflies, with moths making up the vast majority of the order. There are thought to be approximately 160,000 species of moth, many of which have yet to be described.

Butterflyverb

cut and spread open, as in preparation for cooking;

‘butterflied shrimp’;

Butterflyverb

talk or behave amorously, without serious intentions;

‘The guys always try to chat up the new secretaries’; ‘My husband never flirts with other women’;

Butterflynoun

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.

Butterflynoun

having a two-lobed shape resembling the spread wings of a butterfly

‘a butterfly clip’;

Butterflynoun

a showy or frivolous person

‘a social butterfly’;

Butterflynoun

a fluttering and nauseous sensation felt in the stomach when one is nervous.

Butterflynoun

a stroke in swimming in which both arms are raised out of the water and lifted forwards together.

Butterflyverb

split (a piece of meat or fish) almost in two and spread it out flat

‘butterfly the shrimp using a small sharp knife’;

Butterfly

Butterflies are insects in the macrolepidopteran clade Rhopalocera from the order Lepidoptera, which also includes moths. Adult butterflies have large, often brightly coloured wings, and conspicuous, fluttering flight.

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