praying mantispray·ing mantis
Origin of praying mantisso called because the forelegs are often held up and together, suggestive of prayer
(plural praying mantises or praying mantes)
Mantis from Greek Î¼Î¬Î½Ï„Î¹Ï‚ (mÃ¡ntis). Named "praying mantis" for their stance, whith "hands" held together, resembling a person praying.