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EtymologyEdit

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.)

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈʃmɛtɐlɪŋ/
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NounEdit

Schmetterling m (genitive Schmetterlinges or Schmetterlings, plural Schmetterlinge)

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

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ReferencesEdit

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

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Schmetterling m (plural Schmetterling, diminutive Schmetterlingche)

  1. butterfly

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