бабочка

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Russian[edit]

Бабочки.

Etymology[edit]

ба́бка (bábka, grandmother, old woman) +‎ -ка (-ka), originally a diminutive; from the folk belief that spirits of the dead live on as butterflies.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [ˈbabət͡ɕkə]
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

ба́бочка (bábočkaf anim or f inan (genitive ба́бочки, nominative plural ба́бочки, genitive plural ба́бочек)

  1. butterfly
    ночна́я ба́бочкаnočnája bábočkamoth
  2. bowtie
  3. (colloquial) feisty, spirited woman
  4. (colloquial) prostitute, hooker

Usage notes[edit]

Russian does not divide butterflies and moths the same way English does. Russian has мотылёк (motyljók) for a kind of small moth that swarms at night, and моль (molʹ) for the moth that eats clothes, but the other moths are all ба́бочки (bábočki).

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References[edit]

  • Vasmer, Max (1964–1973) , “бабочка”, in Etimologičeskij slovarʹ russkovo jazyka [Etymological Dictionary of the Russian Language] (in Russian), translated from German and supplemented by Oleg Trubačóv, Moscow: Progress