Definitions for MANTISˈmæn tɪs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

man•tisˈmæn tɪs(n.)(pl.)-tis•es, -tes; also -tids.

also mantid

  1. any of several predaceous insects of the family Mantidae, having a long prothorax and typically holding the forelegs in an upraised position as if in prayer.

    Category: Entomology

Origin of mantis:

1650–60; < NL < Gk, prophet; akin to mania

Princeton's WordNet

  1. mantis, mantid(noun)

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

Wiktionary

  1. mantis(Noun)

    Any of various large insects of the order Mantodea that catch insects or other small animals with their powerful forelegs.

  2. Origin: New Latin, from Greek μάντις (soothsayer).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mantis(noun)

    any one of numerous species of voracious orthopterous insects of the genus Mantis, and allied genera. They are remarkable for their slender grotesque forms, and for holding their stout anterior legs in a manner suggesting hands folded in prayer. The common American species is M. Carolina

Freebase

  1. Mantis

    Mantodea is an order of insects that contains over 2,400 valid species and about 430 genera in 15 families worldwide in temperate and tropical habitats. Most of the species are in the family Mantidae. The English common name for any species in the order is "praying mantis", because of the typical "prayer-like" posture with folded fore-limbs, although the eggcorn "preying mantis" is sometimes used in reference to their predatory habits. In Europe and other regions, the name "praying mantis" refers to only a single species, Mantis religiosa. The closest relatives of mantises are the termites and cockroaches. They are sometimes confused with phasmids and other elongated insects such as grasshoppers and crickets.

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