Mantis meaning

măn'tĭs
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.
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Any of an order (Mantodea) of slender, elongated insects that feed on other insects and grasp their prey with stout, spiny forelegs.
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A rapid application development language from Cincom Systems, Inc., Cincinnati, OH (www.cincom.com) that runs on Linux, Unix and OpenVMS platforms. It provides procedural and non-procedural languages for developing prototypes and applications and works with Cincom's SUPRA database, DB2 and IMS.
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Any of various large insects of the order Mantodea that catch insects or other small animals with their powerful forelegs.
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A taxonomic genus within the family Mantidae "” the type genus of the Mantodea, the mantises.
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Origin of mantis

  • 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) men-1 in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • New Latin, from Ancient Greek μάντις (mantis, “soothsayer")
    From Wiktionary