madama butter-fly

Madame Butterfly

noun
an opera (1904) by Giacomo Puccini.
Also, Madama Butterfly [muh-dam-uh, dah-muh] , Madam Butterfly.
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An opera by Giacomo Puccini. The title character, a Japanese woman, is betrothed to an American naval officer stationed in Japan. He leaves for the United States, promising to return, but comes back three years later married to an American woman. Butterfly, disgraced, stabs herself; the officer begs her forgiveness, and she dies in his arms.

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