From Old Italian parpaglione, probably from Latin papilio (“butterfly”), cognate with Old French paveillon, Catalan papallo, Provençal parpalhos, Lombardic parpaja. Or, perhaps of phonosemantic origin.
farfalla f (plural farfalle)
- bow tie
- (chiefly in the plural) pasta in the shape of butterflies or bow ties
- (swimming) the butterfly stroke
- throttle valve, butterfly valve