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mantis

[ man-tis ]
/ ˈmæn tɪs /
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noun, plural man·tis·es, man·tes [man-teez]. /ˈmæn tiz/.
any of several predaceous insects of the order Mantidae, having a long prothorax and typically holding the forelegs in an upraised position as if in prayer.

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Also mantid.
Also called praying mantis.

Origin of mantis

1650–60; <New Latin <Greek mántis prophet, kind of insect; akin to mania
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British Dictionary definitions for mantis

mantis
/ (ˈmæntɪs) /

noun plural -tises or -tes (-tiːz)
any carnivorous typically green insect of the family Mantidae, of warm and tropical regions, having a long body and large eyes and resting with the first pair of legs raised as if in prayer: order DictyopteraAlso called: praying mantis See also cockroach

Word Origin for mantis

C17: New Latin, from Greek: prophet, alluding to its praying posture
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