plural noun

: a family of carnivorous insects sometimes especially formerly made coextensive with Manteodea but now usually restricted to mantises with black-barred wings, a rather long pronotum, and a frontal shield that is narrow in proportion to its height

Word History


New Latin, from Mante-, Mantis, type genus + -idae

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“Manteidae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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