Schmetterling

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Etymology[edit]

Attested ca. 1500, standard since the 18th century. From an East Central German dialect word, equivalent to Schmetten (cream) +‎ -ling, due to an old belief that butterflies eat milk products or, in a more ornamented form, that witches transform themselves into butterflies in order to steal such products.[1] Compare English butterfly.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈʃmɛtərlɪŋ/, [ˈʃmɛtɐlɪŋ]
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Noun[edit]

Schmetterling m (genitive Schmetterlinges or Schmetterlings, plural Schmetterlinge)

  1. (in common use) butterfly
    Synonyms: Tagfalter, Sommervogel
  2. (chiefly biology) any insect of the order Lepidoptera, i.e. a butterfly or moth
    Synonym: Falter
  3. (swimming) butterfly (kind of stroke)
    Synonym: Delphin

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  1. ^ Schmetterling, in: W. Pfeifer et al., Etymologisches Wörterbuch des Deutschen, 1993.

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Schmetterling m (plural Schmetterling, diminutive Schmetterlingche)

  1. butterfly

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