Part of speech: noun

An insect which assumes a position as of prayer when waiting for its insect prey.

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Usage examples "mantis":

  1. The other Mantis is ash- grey. - "More Hunting Wasps", J. Henri Fabre.
  2. Cesnola, experiments on Mantis by. - "Darwin and Modern Science", A.C. Seward and Others.
  3. Khudabakhsh, the Indian, at Cairo generally dressed in a tender green suit like a Mantis. - "Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah & Meccah", Sir Richard Francis Burton.