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butterfly any of a large group of insects closely related to the moths, with large, often brightly colored wings. [5 definitions]
butterfly stroke a vigorous swimming stroke performed face down in which the arms are lifted simultaneously forward and brought back through the water while the legs move simultaneously up and down.
butter knife a small knife with a dull edge, used to cut, serve, or spread butter.
butterless combined form of butter.
buttermilk a sour liquid residue of butter-making, used as a drink or in cooking. [2 definitions]
butternut a deciduous tree of North America, related to the walnut. [2 definitions]
butternut squash a yellow, bell-shaped winter squash.
butterscotch a flavoring or candy prepared from butter, brown sugar, and other ingredients. [2 definitions]
butter up (informal) to praise or act very nicely toward (someone), sometimes insincerely, in hopes of gaining something from that person.
buttery1 like, containing, or covered with butter. [2 definitions]
buttery2 a storeroom for liquor and provisions of a household; larder.
butt in (informal) to mix into or intrude in other people's activities or conversation.
buttock (usu. pl.) either of the rounded, fleshy parts of the human body behind the pelvis. [2 definitions]
button any of various small, usually round, fasteners which are attached to a garment and designed to slide through a slit or loop. They may also be used purely for decoration. [7 definitions]
button-down with the collar tips held down with buttons.
buttonhole a small slit in a garment through which a button can be fastened. [3 definitions]
buttonhook a small, usu. metal hook used to pull buttons through their holes, esp. on shoes and gloves.
buttonless combined form of button.
button tree a West Indian tree or shrub that bears hard, button-shaped fruit and yields heavy, compact wood.
buttonwood a North American tree related to the sycamore, which bears a nonedible button-shaped fruit and yields hardwood suitable for timber.
buttress a structure that gives support to the outside of a building by absorbing excessive outward thrust. [4 definitions]