praying mantis


Definition of praying mantis

: mantis especially : a European mantis (Mantis religiosa) that has been introduced into the U.S.

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Examples of praying mantis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Given his reputation for piercing characters on the mandibles of his superior intellect, a praying Franzen doesn’t feel much more sanctified than a praying mantis. Washington Post, 5 Oct. 2021 In fact, the praying mantis continued to remain on Robles even after Phillies scored three runs to take the lead. Gabrielle Chung,, 3 Aug. 2021 From a distance, the dead leaf praying mantis resembles its namesake: brown, crispy and still. Cara Giaimo, New York Times, 3 Sep. 2020 Ask Bob Mead, whose praying mantis fly appears below. Morgan Lyle, Field & Stream, 18 Mar. 2021 Hoisted in the air and surrounded by scaffolding, the object’s two appendages stick out and run down its sides like the long, slender legs of a praying mantis. New York Times, 28 Jan. 2021 This praying mantis from France hasn’t been seen since 1860. John R. Platt, Scientific American, 13 Jan. 2021 Ameles fasciipennis)—This Italian praying mantis was only scientifically collected once, in or around 1871, and never seen again. John R. Platt, Scientific American, 13 Jan. 2021 The project bought up vacant lots and built Container Park — an outdoor mall, green space and concert venue — out of old shipping containers, and placed a two-story flame-throwing praying mantis sculpture from Burning Man by the entrance. Sam Dean, Los Angeles Times, 12 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of praying mantis

circa 1890, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of praying mantis was circa 1890

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17 Oct 2021

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“Praying mantis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of praying mantis

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

praying mantis

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Kids Definition of praying mantis

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

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