praying mantis

noun
|Updated on: 10 May 2018

Definition of praying mantis

: mantis; especially : a European mantis (Mantis religiosa) that has been introduced into the U.S. called also praying mantid

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First Known Use of praying mantis

circa 1890

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PRAYING MANTIS Defined for English Language Learners

praying mantis

Definition of praying mantis for English Language Learners

  • : a large insect that eats other insects by holding them in its raised front legs


PRAYING MANTIS Defined for Kids

praying mantis

noun \ ˌprā-iŋ- \

Definition of praying mantis for Students

: a large usually green insect that feeds on other insects which are held in the raised front legs

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