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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A mantis in the family Mantidae.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A member of the family Mantidæ.
  • Having the characters of or belonging to the orthopterous family Mantidæ.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A mantis.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun mantis (insect)

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

  • noun predacious long-bodied large-eyed insect of warm regions; rests with forelimbs raised as in prayer

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From New Latin Mantidae, family name, from Mantis, type genus, from Greek mantis, seer; see mantis.]

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