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I have googled but didn't find. "A person who gets interested in anything very quickly and loses interest in it sooner." What is such a person called?

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Not necessarily a butterfly mind, but just a butterfly.

butterfly (The Free Dictionary):

2. a person who never settles with one group, interest, or occupation for long

butterfly (MW dictionary):

2 : something that resembles or suggests a butterfly; especially : a person chiefly occupied with the pursuit of pleasure

butterfly (dictionary)

2 a person who flits aimlessly from one interest or group to another: a social butterfly

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Such a person is often described as having a butterfly mind.

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If possible, please add a corroborating link. –  coleopterist Oct 14 '12 at 19:15
    
Here are hundreds of butterfly minds, and I doubt many of them are actually inside a butterfly's head. –  FumbleFingers Oct 14 '12 at 20:34
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One might describe such a person as a dilettante, in the first sense:-

a person who takes up an art, activity, or subject merely for amusement, especially in a desultory or superficial way; dabbler.

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I don't think being a dilettante necessarily implies you'll quickly lose interest - I've been a magical dilletante since I was a kid doesn't seem "odd" to me. –  FumbleFingers Oct 14 '12 at 20:38
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