mantis definition

  • noun:
    • some of various predatory pests for the family Mantidae, mostly exotic but including a couple of Temperate Zone types, typically pale green and having two sets of walking feet and effective grasping forelimbs. The mantis nourishes on live bugs, including other people of the own kind. Also known as mantid.
    • Any of numerous huge bugs of purchase Mantodea that get insects or any other small creatures with their effective forelegs.
    • anyone of numerous types of voracious orthopterous insects associated with the genus Mantis, and allied genera. They've been predacious long-bodied large-eyed bugs of hot areas, are remarkable for slender grotesque kinds, and holding their stout anterior legs in a manner recommending hands folded in prayer. The normal United states types is Mantis Carolina.
    • the normal genus of Mantidæ, formerly exactly like the family, today much restricted. These are generally locals chiefly of tropical areas, however some species are normal in temperate latitudes.
    • [lowercase; pl. mantes (-tēz).] Any species of the family Mantidæ; a rear-horse.
    • predacious long-bodied large-eyed insect of hot regions; rests with forelimbs raised such as prayer

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