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      n   pl   , -tises, -tes   any carnivorous typically green insect of the family Mantidae, of warm and tropical regions, having a long body and large eyes and resting with the first pair of legs raised as if in prayer: order Dictyoptera,   (Also called)    praying mantis      See also       cockroach  
     (C17: New Latin, from Greek: prophet, alluding to its praying posture)  

mantis shrimp   , crab  
      n   any of various burrowing marine shrimplike crustaceans of the order Stomatopoda that have a pair of large grasping appendages: subclass Malacostraca  
   See also       squilla  
praying mantis   , mantid  
      n      another name for       mantis  
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