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


praying mantis

BrE BrE//ˌpreɪɪŋ ˈmæntɪs//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌpreɪɪŋ ˈmæntɪs//
(also mantis) Invertebrates
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a large green insect that eats other insects. The female praying mantis often eats the male. See related entries: Invertebrates
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: praying mantis