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

Word History


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

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“Mantisia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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