Originally, a pavilion was a Roman military tent. It was given a name that meant a butterfly in Latin because it was thought to resemble the shape of a butterfly, especially when the flaps were pinned open.
An early account confirms this: “[The tents known as] pavilions (papilio, lit. butterfly or moth) are so called from their resemblance to the little flying animals that teem especially when the mallows are flowering. These are the little winged creatures that gather to a kindled light and, flitting around it, are forced to die from being too close to the fire.” [St. Isidore of Seville, The Etymologies, translated by Stephen A. Barney]
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