American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A green or brownish predatory insect (Mantis religiosa) that while at rest folds its front legs as if in prayer.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A praying-insect. See cut under Mantis.
- n. Any of various predatory, cannibalistic insects of the family Mantidae that have a prayer-like stance.
- n. regional, in Europe A mantid of the species Mantis religiosa.
- n. the common mantis
- Mantis from Greek μάντις. Named "praying mantis" for their stance, whith "hands" held together, resembling a person praying. (Wiktionary)
“My mother gamely tolerated them, along with the odd praying mantis on the net curtains, smuggled home on the Train Bleu from Menton, where my French pen-friend, Jean-Franois, lived.”
“Purple praying mantis lies in wait for insects lured by the flower that it mimics. (d) Other mantises mimic leaves; this is the nymph (a juvenile stage) of one of them.”
“Bull zoes sometimes accidentally kill their mates during the mating dance, and spiders and praying mantis females eat the male alive. ”
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