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mantis

Line breaks: man¦tis
Pronunciation: /ˈmantɪs
 
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(also praying mantis)

Definition of mantis in English:

noun (plural same or mantises)

A slender predatory insect with a triangular head, which waits motionless for prey with its large forelegs folded like hands in prayer.
  • Suborder Mantodea, order Dictyoptera: Mantidae and other families, and many species, including Mantis religiosa of southern Europe
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'.

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