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praying mantis

Origin of praying mantis
First recorded in 1700-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • His arms were held in front of him like a praying mantis', and his hands clutched a bar.

    They Twinkled Like Jewels Philip Jos Farmer
  • How does she manage to recognize in this spectre the near relation of the praying mantis?

    More Hunting Wasps J. Henri Fabre
  • The experiment has been made of tethering the green variety of praying mantis on green herbage, fastening them with silk threads.

  • That rarest of insects, the praying mantis, has just dropped upon my paper.

    Letters from the Cape Lady Duff Gordon
  • The praying mantis is a bright green; she boasts an elongated prothorax and an alert gait.

    More Hunting Wasps J. Henri Fabre
  • What advantage has a bishop over the praying mantis, that cricket which apes the attitude of piety?

    Soul of a Bishop H. G. Wells
  • See the Tiger in his jungle, see the praying mantis on her green branch.

    The Mason-bees J. Henri Fabre
  • Kellas and I had a praying mantis in a large tin box with gauze as a lid so that we might watch him at his devotions.

  • Hashes of slug, Scolopendra or praying mantis furnish the same result.

    The Life of the Fly J. Henri Fabre
  • In New Guinea the praying mantis is three or four inches long and at first sight seems to be nothing but a broken twig.

British Dictionary definitions for praying mantis

praying mantis

another name for mantis
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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