бабочка

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Бабочки.

Russian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Diminutive of ба́бка (bábka, old woman, grandmother), from the folk belief that spirits of the dead live on as butterflies.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

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

  1. butterfly
    ночна́я ба́бочкаnočnája bábočkamoth
  2. bowtie
  3. (informal) woman (jocular diminutive form of баба)

Usage notes[edit]

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

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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 Trubačev O. N., Moscow: Progress