butterfly

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 /ˈbʌtəflaɪ/

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Principal Translations/Principales traductions
butterfly n (insect) insectepapillon nm
 Can you see the beautiful butterfly?
 Vous voyez ce magnifique papillon ?
 
Additional Translations/Traductions supplémentaires
butterfly n figurative (frivolous person) figuré : personnepapillon nm
 He's a butterfly, always flitting from partner to partner.
 C'est un papillon, il passe son temps à butiner d'une partenaire à l'autre.
butterfly n (swimming stroke) natationpapillon nm
 Her favourite stroke is the butterfly.
 Sa nage préférée est le papillon.
butterfly n figurative, slang (very social) personne très sociablepapillon nm
 She was a social butterfly, talking to everyone at the party.
 C'était un papillon social, il parlait à tout le monde pendant la réception.
butterfly n as adj (culinary: split open and spread) Cuisinefendu en deux adj
 I coat the butterfly leg of lamb with mustard and garlic, then roast it slowly.
 Je badigeonne le gigot d'agneau fendu en deux de moutarde et d'ail, puis je le fais rôtir à feu doux.
butterflies npl (nervousness in stomach) nervositétrac nm
 familiertremblote nf
 Yes, I had some butterflies before the game, but I am relaxed now.
 Oui, j'avais le trac avant le match, mais je suis détendu maintenant.
 Oui, j'avais la tremblote avant le match, mais je suis détendu maintenant.
butterfly vtr (culinary: split open and spread) Cuisinefendre en deux vtr
 First, you need to butterfly the chicken breast.
 Vous devez tout d'abord fendre le blanc de poulet en deux.
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Compound Forms/Formes composées
butterfly bush (Botany) Botaniquebuddleia nm
butterfly garden n (outdoor area for butterflies)jardin à papillons nm
 Butterfly gardens are planted with flowers that attract the insects.
 Un jardin à papillons est composé de fleurs qui attirent les insectes.
butterfly net n (long-handled net for catching butterflies)filet à papillons nm
 Jan ran through the field with a butterfly net in hopes of catching a swallowtail.
butterfly nut (screw) écroupapillon nm
butterfly stroke brasse papillon nf
butterfly valve papillon nm
butterfly valve vanne nf
owl butterfly n (insect with owl-like markings on wings)caligo nm
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