Praying-mantis meaning

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A mantis, especially the European species Mantis religiosa, which while at rest folds its front legs as if in prayer.
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Any of various predatory, cannibalistic insects of the family Mantidae that have a prayer-like stance.
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(regional, in Europe) A mantid of the species Mantis religiosa.
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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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