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n. pl. man·tis·es or man·tes (-tēz)
Any of various predatory, chiefly tropical insects of the order or suborder Mantodea, having powerful grasping forelimbs and the ability to turn the head from side to side. Also called mantid.
[Greek, seer, praying mantis (from the insect's habit of holding its front legs in a pose resembling that of a seer in prayer, and perhaps also from the fact that its presence or emergence was thought to have divinatory value); see men- in Indo-European roots.]
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n, pl -tises or -tes (-tiːz)
(Animals) any carnivorous typically green insect of the family Mantidae, of warm and tropical regions, having a long body and large eyes and resting with the first pair of legs raised as if in prayer: order Dictyoptera. Also called: praying mantis See also cockroach
[C17: New Latin, from Greek: prophet, alluding to its praying posture]
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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.||mantis - 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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