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  • n. A family of net-winged insects, the family Mantispidae.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any neuropterous insect of the genus Mantispa, and allied genera. The larv√¶ feed on plant lice. Also used adjectively. See Illust. under neuroptera.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A member of the family Mantispid√¶.
  • Having the characters of, or belonging to, the neuropterous family Mantispid√¶.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. insect that resembles a mantis; larvae are parasites in the nests of spiders and wasps


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