predacious long-bodied large-eyed insect of warm regions; rests with forelimbs raised as in prayer
Any of various large insects of the order Mantodea that catch insects or other small animals with their powerful forelegs.
Origin: New Latin, from Greek μάντις (soothsayer).
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
Origin: [NL., fr. Gr. a prophet.]
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
man′tis, n. a genus of orthopterous insects somewhat like locusts, carrying their large spinous forelegs in the attitude of prayer. [Gr. mantis.]
The numerical value of MANTIS in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of MANTIS in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
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- فرس النبيArabic
- ghjumenta di pretiCorsican
- mantis religiosa, mantodeo, mantis, santateresa, mamboretáSpanish
- 蟷螂, カマキリJapanese
- rō, whēMāori
- Naakaii náázééłNavajo, Navaho
- louva-a-deus, mantídeoPortuguese
- bogomoljka, богомољкаSerbo-Croatian
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