papiyon Animals in Japanese Translation papiyon means "Butterfly" in English. It's a katakanization, a loan-word. It comes from "papillon," from French. papiyon in katakana is パピヨン. papiyon is not usually written with hiragana. papiyon does not have kanji. Romaji pa pi yo n Katakana パ ピ ヨ ン Synonyms batafurai バタフライ, chou 蝶, chouchou 蝶々. Related Words oochouzame 大蝶鮫.