praying mantis

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A praying mantis

Etymology[edit]

Mantis from Greek μάντις (mántis). Named "praying mantis" for their stance, whith "hands" held together, resembling a person praying.

Noun[edit]

praying mantis (plural praying mantises or praying mantes)

  1. Any of various predatory, cannibalistic insects of the family Mantidae that have a prayer-like stance.
  2. (regional, in Europe) A mantid of the species Mantis religiosa.

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