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


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