from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A mantis.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A mantis.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A gressorial and raptorial orthopterous insect of the family Mantidæ; a praying-mantis, camel-insect. or devil's coach-horse: so called from the way in which it rears upon its hind legs.


Because it rears up when disturbed. (Wiktionary)


  • The mantis is also called a devil-horse, a rear-horse, a camel-cricket, and many other names inspired by its outlandish appearance.

    The Insect Folk


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