Pronunciation: (man'tis), [key]
—pl. -tis•es, -tesPronunciation: (-tēz). [key]
any of several predaceous insects of the order Mantidae, having a long prothorax and typically holding the forelegs in an upraised position as if in prayer. Also,mantid.Also called praying mantis.
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