Schmetterling

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From Schmetten (cream) due to old belief that witches transformed themselves into butterflies to steal cream and other milk products. (Compare etymology of English butterfly.)

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Schmetterling m (genitive Schmetterlings or Schmetterlinges, plural Schmetterlinge)

  1. butterfly (insect)
  2. butterfly (swimming stroke)

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