mantis shrimp

  1. any stomatopod crustacean having a pair of appendages modified for grasping prey and resembling those of a mantis.

Origin of mantis shrimp

First recorded in 1870–75
  • Also called mantis crab .

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British Dictionary definitions for mantis shrimp

mantis shrimp

  1. any of various burrowing marine shrimplike crustaceans of the order Stomatopoda that have a pair of large grasping appendages: subclass Malacostraca: See also squilla

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