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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History and Etymology for Mantisia

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

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“Mantisia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Mantisia. Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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