Schmetterling

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Etymology[edit]

From Schmetten ‎(cream) due to an old belief that witches transformed themselves into butterflies to steal cream and other milk products.[1] (Contrast the etymology of English butterfly.)

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  • IPA(key): /ˈʃmɛtɐlɪŋ/
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Noun[edit]

Schmetterling m ‎(genitive Schmetterlings or Schmetterlinges, plural Schmetterlinge)

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

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  1. ^ Schmetterling in Duden online. / Duden - Deutsches Universalwörterbuch, 4. Aufl. (Mannheim 2001)