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praying mantis

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noun
  1. mantis.
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Origin of praying mantis

First recorded in 1700–10
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Examples from the Web for praying mantis

Historical Examples

  • The smell of a praying-mantis was acrid, and all beetles reeked of decay.

    The Forgotten Planet

    Murray Leinster

  • Equally curious, too, is the praying-mantis, which also is very much like a leaf.


British Dictionary definitions for praying mantis

praying mantis

praying mantid

noun
  1. another name for mantis
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