Man"tis(?), n. [NL., fr. Gr. a prophet.] (Zol.) Any one of numerous species of voracious orthopterous insects of the genus Mantis, and allied genera. They are predacious long-bodied large-eyed insects of warm regions, are remarkable for their slender grotesque forms, and for holding their stout anterior legs in a manner suggesting hands folded in prayer. The common American species is Mantis Carolina.
(Zol.) The Squilla, a tropical marine burrowing crustacean with large grasping appendages. Also called
mantis crab and
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