Mantisia

noun Man·tis·ia \ man‧ˈtisēə \

Definition of Mantisia

:a genus of East Indian herbs (family Zingiberaceae) having very irregular flowers with lateral filamentous staminodia and a 1-celled ovary — see dancing-girls

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Origin and Etymology of mantisia

New Latin, from Mantis, genus of insects + -ia; from the resemblance of the flowers to the insect


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