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noun

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

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Origin of mantis shrimp

First recorded in 1870–75
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mantis shrimp

mantis crab


noun

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