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mantispid

[ man-tis-pid ]
/ mænˈtɪs pɪd /
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noun
any neuropterous, mantislike insect of the family Mantispidae, the larvae of which are parasites in the nests of spiders or wasps.
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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
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