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Definition of mantis noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

mantis

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈmæntɪs//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmæntɪs//
 
(pl. mantises, mantids
BrE BrE//ˈmæntɪdz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmæntɪdz//
 
)
= praying mantis
 
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Word Origin mid 17th cent.: modern Latin, from Greek, literally ‘prophet’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: mantis

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