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1. See mantis.
2. A mantis in the family Mantidae.
[From New Latin Mantidae, family name, from Mantis, type genus, from Greek mantis, seer; see mantis.]
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n., pl. -tis•es, -tes (-tēz) also -tids.
any of several predaceous insects of the family Mantidae, having a long prothorax and typically holding the forelegs in an upraised position as if in prayer.
[1650–60; < New Latin < Greek, prophet; akin to mania]
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|Noun||1.||mantid - predacious long-bodied large-eyed insect of warm regions; rests with forelimbs raised as in prayer|
dictyopterous insect - cockroaches and mantids
genus Mantis - type genus of the Mantidae: mantises
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