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
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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
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
A mantid is the most humanlike of insects; it has its eyes arranged so that it can see forward, allowing it depth perception.
Albert was taken by a third of this species—really an upright mantid of sorts, its carapace like a gleaming veined topcoat in swallowtail.
Do look for the mantid egg case, they are way cool and considered beneficial, although they will eat any bug that comes within their grasp, good along with the bad.
The mantid case is too cool, agreed, and the babies are too cute!
Diane is having a banner year and there are several mantid egg cases that have been noticed.
You will also need a nice copper mantid to stand guard of course.
SNAIL'S TALES: Scientist attacked by vicious mantid!
I found a mantid outside after taking my daughter to school and took pictures of it, eventually getting it to walk onto my hand.
No sooner had I recovered from the psychological trauma of last week's mantid attack than my pure blood was spilled again in broad daylight.
I have never been treated like that by a female mantid before.