Definition of mantis in English:

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mantis

Pronunciation: /ˈman(t)əs/
(also praying mantis)

noun (plural same or mantises)

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A slender predatory insect related to the cockroach. It waits motionless for prey with its large spiky forelegs folded like hands in prayer.
  • Suborder Mantodea, order Dictyoptera: Mantidae and other families, and many species, including Mantis religiosa, introduced to America from southern Europe and now found commonly in the northeastern US.
Example sentences
  • A newcomer could easily get lost in its tunnels, and the unwary is easy prey to predatory wasps or mantises.
  • The creatures look part stick insect, part mantis, with a touch of grasshopper.
  • Some insects also hunt down spiders, including the mantis and a wasp that specializes in catching and paralyzing spiders.

Origin

Mid 17th century: modern Latin, from Greek, literally 'prophet'.

Words that rhyme with mantis

Atlantis

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: man·tis

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