The Alternative Russian Dictionary: бабочка

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бабочка 〈babočka〉 pronunciation
  • /ˈbabət͡ɕkə/
noun: {{ru-noun}}
  1. butterfly ночная бабочка 〈nočnaâ babočka〉 (nočnája bábočka) — moth
  2. bowtie
  3. (informal) woman (jocular diminutive form of баба)
Russian does not divide butterflies and moths the same way English does. Russian has мотылёк for a kind of small moth that swarms at night, and моль for the moth that eats clothes, but the other moths are all бабочки.

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