mantispid

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

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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