from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A green or brownish predatory insect (Mantis religiosa) that while at rest folds its front legs as if in prayer.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of various predatory, cannibalistic insects of the family Mantidae that have a prayer-like stance.
- n. A mantid of the species Mantis religiosa.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A praying-insect. See cut under Mantis.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the common mantis
Mantis from Greek μάντις. Named "praying mantis" for their stance, whith "hands" held together, resembling a person praying. (Wiktionary)