butterfly
I. noun Usage: often attributive Date: before 12th century 1. any of numerous slender-bodied diurnal lepidopteran insects including one superfamily (Papilionoidea) with broad often brightly colored wings and usually another superfamily comprising the skippers 2. something that resembles or suggests a butterfly; especially a person chiefly occupied with the pursuit of pleasure 3. a swimming stroke executed in a prone position by moving both arms in a circular motion while kicking both legs up and down 4. plural a feeling of hollowness or queasiness caused especially by emotional or nervous tension or anxious anticipation 5. a defensive move by a goalie in ice hockey executed by dropping to the knees while spreading the lower legs outward II. transitive verb (-flied; -flying) Date: 1954 to split almost entirely and spread apart <
a butterflied steak
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butterflied shrimp
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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