mantis

noun man·tis \ ˈman-təs \

Definition of mantis

plural mantises also mantes play \ˈman-ˌtēz\
:any of an order or suborder (Mantodea and especially family Mantidae) of large usually green insects that feed on other insects and clasp their prey in forelimbs held up as if in prayer

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Origin and Etymology of mantis

New Latin, from Greek, literally, diviner, prophet; akin to Greek mainesthai to be mad — more at mania


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mantis

noun man·tis \ ˈman-təs \

Definition of mantis for Students

plural mantises also mantes \ˈman-ˌtēz\


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