[ man-tis-pid ]
/ mænˈtɪs pɪd /


any neuropterous, mantislike insect of the family Mantispidae, the larvae of which are parasites in the nests of spiders or wasps.

Nearby words

  1. mantid,
  2. mantilla,
  3. mantinea,
  4. mantis,
  5. mantis shrimp,
  6. mantissa,
  7. mantle,
  8. mantle plume,
  9. mantle radiotherapy,
  10. mantle rock

Origin of mantispid

< New Latin Mantispidae family of insects, equivalent to Mantisp(a) genus name (apparently erroneously for *Mantiopa, equivalent to manti(s) mantis + Greek -ōp(s) having a face (of a given sort), resembling (adj. use of ṓps face, eye; cf. -opsis) + New Latin -a -a2) + -idae -id2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019