[frit-l-er-ee] /ˈfrɪt lˌɛr i/
noun, plural fritillaries.
any of several orange-brown nymphalid butterflies, usually marked with black lines and dots and with silvery spots on the undersides of the wings.
noun (pl) -laries
any N temperate liliaceous plant of the genus Fritillaria, having purple or white drooping bell-shaped flowers, typically marked in a chequered pattern See also snake’s head
any of various nymphalid butterflies of the genera Argynnis, Boloria, etc, having brownish wings chequered with black and silver
type of butterfly, 1857, earlier a type of plant (Fritillaria Meleagris, 1633), from Latin fritillus “dice-box,” from fritinnire “to twitter,” imitative of the rattle of dice. The butterfly so called perhaps from resemblance of its markings to those of dice; or the names may have been given in confusion, perhaps on the notion that fritillus meant “chessboard.”
[fri-tah-tuh; Italian freet-tah-tah] /frɪˈtɑ tə; Italian fritˈtɑ tɑ/ noun, plural frittatas Italian, frittate [freet-tah-te] /fritˈtɑ tɛ/ (Show IPA). Italian Cookery. 1. an omelet resembling a large pancake and containing vegetables, seasonings, and often ricotta, Parmesan, or other cheese. /frɪˈtɑːtə/ noun 1. an Italian dish made with eggs and chopped vegetables or meat, resembling a flat […]
[frit-er] /ˈfrɪt ər/ verb (used with object) 1. to squander or disperse piecemeal; waste little by little (usually followed by away): to fritter away one’s money; to fritter away an afternoon. 2. to break or tear into small pieces or shreds. verb (used without object) 3. to dwindle, shrink, degenerate, etc. (often followed by away): […]
[free-toh mee-stoh; Italian freet-taw mee-staw] /ˈfri toʊ ˈmi stoʊ; Italian ˌfrit tɔ ˈmi stɔ/ noun, Italian Cookery. 1. small pieces of meat, fish, or vegetables dipped in batter and deep-fried.
An excess of capability that serves no productive end. The canonical example is font-diddling software on the Mac (see macdink); the term describes anything that eats huge amounts of time for quite marginal gains in function but seduces people into using it anyway. See also window shopping. [Jargon File]