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butterfly net

a conical net of fine mesh held open by a round rim to which a long handle is attached, used for collecting butterflies and other insects.
Origin of butterfly net
1820-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • For arms he took but two things--the magic glass in his wallet, and a butterfly-net over his shoulder.

    Kisington Town Abbie Farwell Brown
  • In another moment she was a prisoner under the butterfly-net.

    'That Very Mab' May Kendall and Andrew Lang
  • "Like a comedy professor with a butterfly-net," roared Lyaeus.

    Rosinante to the Road Again John Dos Passos
  • So saying, Mulvaney took up his butterfly-net, and returned to barracks.

    Soldier Stories Rudyard Kipling
  • But this time the philosopher was without his butterfly-net, and she found him much less alarming.

    'That Very Mab' May Kendall and Andrew Lang
  • I was dreaming how that Shoushou was chasing me with a butterfly-net, and look at me!

  • "A butterfly-net; he wants one ever so much," said Nat, looking a little disappointed, for he meant to get it himself.

    Little Men Louisa May Alcott
  • I'll order you a butterfly-net and box and show you how scientists pin specimens.

    Freckles Gene Stratton-Porter
  • When he had eaten heartily, even to the last crumb, Arthur arose and took his butterfly-net in hand.

    Kisington Town Abbie Farwell Brown
  • A light attracts them and Hamilton, with the aid of a lantern and a butterfly-net, tried to catch some.

    The Home of the Blizzard Douglas Mawson

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