noun, plural man·tis·es, man·tes [man-teez] /ˈmæn tiz/.
- mantis shrimp,
- mantle plume
Origin of mantis
Examples from the Web for mantis
An ex-wife of one of her conquests had even described her as a “praying mantis with a terminator smile”.France: Carla Bruni-Sarkozy Advises Valerie Trierweiler to Marry|The Telegraph|October 26, 2012|DAILY BEAST
A few days later, Hafernik found more bees, and again fed them to the mantis.
These particular captures are destined to show me just how far the vigour and audacity of the Mantis will lead it.
Poised upright in its spectral attitude, the mantis was literally flung backward.The Forgotten Planet|Murray Leinster
The mantis closed its arm-like forelegs upon it, holding it as if piously and benignly contemplating it.Planet of Dread|Murray Leinster
And the mantis suddenly sat up and appeared to engage in prayer.Notwithstanding|Mary Cholmondeley
The Mantis builds more especially with air, which is eminently adapted to protect the nest against changes of temperature.
noun plural -tises or -tes (-tiːz)
Word Origin for mantis
1650s, "type of insect that holds its forelegs in a praying position" (especially the praying mantis, Mantis religiosa), Modern Latin, from Greek mantis, literally "one who divines, a seer, prophet," from mainesthai "be inspired," related to menos "passion, spirit" (see mania). The insect so called for its way of holding the forelimbs as if in prayer. Also used in Greek for some sort of grasshopper (Theocritus).