Praying-mantis Definition

prāĭng
noun
Webster's New World
A mantis, especially the European species Mantis religiosa, which while at rest folds its front legs as if in prayer.
American Heritage

Any of various predatory, cannibalistic insects of the family Mantidae that have a prayer-like stance.

Wiktionary
Synonyms:
Mantis religiosopraying-mantid

Other Word Forms of Praying-mantis

Noun

Singular:
praying-mantis
Plural:
praying-mantes, praying-mantises

Origin of Praying-mantis

  • Mantis from Greek μάντις (mántis). Named "praying mantis" for their stance, whith "hands" held together, resembling a person praying.

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