Reference Entry

butterfly

Edited by T. F. Hoad

in The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology

Published in print January 1996 | ISBN: 9780192830982
Published online January 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191727153
butterfly

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Late OE. buttorflēoġe, f. BUTTER + FLY; cf. Du. botervlieg, G. butterfliege and buttervogel (-bird).

Reference Entry.  16 words. 

Subjects: History of English

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