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praying mantis

noun
1.
Origin of praying mantis
1700-1710
First recorded in 1700-10
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  • See the Tiger in his jungle, see the praying mantis on her green branch.

    The Mason-bees J. Henri Fabre
  • I have the same success with a Cricket and also with a praying mantis.

    Bramble-bees and Others J. Henri Fabre
  • How does she manage to recognize in this spectre the near relation of the praying mantis?

    More Hunting Wasps J. Henri Fabre
  • How many of you are acquainted with his lordship, the praying mantis?

    The Insect Folk Margaret Warner Morley
  • That rarest of insects, the praying mantis, has just dropped upon my paper.

    Letters from the Cape Lady Duff Gordon
  • What advantage has a bishop over the praying mantis, that cricket which apes the attitude of piety?

    Soul of a Bishop H. G. Wells
  • The praying mantis is a bright green; she boasts an elongated prothorax and an alert gait.

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

British Dictionary definitions for praying mantis

praying mantis

noun
1.
another name for mantis
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