praying mantis


: a large insect that eats other insects by holding them in its raised front legs

Full Definition of PRAYING MANTIS

:  mantis; especially :  a European mantis (Mantis religiosa) that has been introduced into the United States —called also praying mantid

First Known Use of PRAYING MANTIS

circa 1890
PRAYING MANTIS Defined for Kids

praying mantis

noun \ˌprā-iŋ-\

Definition of PRAYING MANTIS for Kids

:  a large usually green insect that feeds on other insects which are held in the raised front legs


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