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



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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