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mantis

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noun man·tis \ˈman-təs\

Definition of mantis

plural

mantises

also

mantes

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  1. :  any of an order or suborder (Mantodea and especially family Mantidae) of large usually green insects that feed on other insects and clasp their prey in forelimbs held up as if in prayer



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Origin and Etymology of mantis

New Latin, from Greek, literally, diviner, prophet; akin to Greek mainesthai to be mad — more at mania


First Known Use: 1646

Rhymes with mantis


MANTIS Defined for Kids

mantis

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noun man·tis \ˈman-təs\

Definition of mantis for Students

plural

mantises

also

mantes

\ˈman-ˌtēz\



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