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

  • n. See mantis.

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  • n. mantis (insect)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A mantis.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

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


From New Latin Mantidae, family name, from Mantis, type genus, from Greek mantis, seer; see mantis.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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