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Manteltree
Manteodea
mantic
mantichora
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mantilla
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Mantis Carolina
mantis crab
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mantis shrimp
Mantisia saltatoria
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mantissa
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mantis definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: predacious long-bodied large-eyed insect of warm regions; rests with forelimbs raised as in prayer [syn: mantis, mantid]

Merriam Webster's

noun (plural mantises; also mantes) Etymology: New Latin, from Greek, literally, diviner, prophet; akin to Greek mainesthai to be mad more at mania Date: 1646 any of an order or suborder (Mantodea and especially family Mantidae) of large usually green insects that feed on other insects and clasp their prey in forelimbs held up as if in prayer

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. (pl. same or mantises) any insect of the family Mantidae, feeding on other insects etc. Phrases and idioms: praying mantis a mantis, Mantis religiosa, that holds its forelegs in a position suggestive of hands folded in prayer, while waiting to pounce on its prey. Etymology: Gk, = prophet

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Mantis Man"tis, n. [NL., fr. Gr. ? a prophet.] (Zo["o]l.) Any one of numerous species of voracious orthopterous insects of the genus Mantis, and allied genera. They are remarkable for their slender grotesque forms, and for holding their stout anterior legs in a manner suggesting hands folded in prayer. The common American species is M. Carolina. Mantis shrimp. (Zo["o]l.) See Sguilla.



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