Other Word Forms of Mantis
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")
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