Definition of mantis
: 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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In Green Porno, Sundance Channel’s new series of cellphone-friendly short films, Rossellini singlehandedly re-enacts mating rituals of the dragonfly, spider, bee, praying mantis, worm, snail and housefly by getting it on with cardboard cut-outs.
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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
First Known Use: 1646
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