Definition of mantispa
1 capitalized : the type genus of Mantispidae
2 plural -s : any insect of the genus Mantispa
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Origin and Etymology of mantispa
New Latin, from Mantis + pagana (specific epithet of Mantis pagana), from Latin, feminine of paganus of the country — more at pagan
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