praying mantis

noun

Definition of praying mantis

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

Circa 1890

First Known Use of praying mantis

circa 1890


PRAYING MANTIS Defined for English Language Learners

praying mantis

noun

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

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


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