noun, plural mantises, mantes [man-teez] .
any of several predaceous insects of the order Mantidae, having a long prothorax and typically holding the forelegs in an upraised position as if in prayer.
Also, mantid.
Also called praying mantis.

1650–60; < Neo-Latin < Greek mántis prophet, kind of insect; akin to mania Unabridged
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mantis (ˈmæntɪs)
n , pl -tises, -tes
See also cockroach Also called: praying mantis 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
[C17: New Latin, from Greek: prophet, alluding to its praying posture]

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1658, "type of insect that holds its forelegs in a praying position" (esp. the praying mantis, Mantis religiosa), from Gk. mantis, lit. "one who divines, a seer, prophet," from mainesthai "be inspired," related to menos "passion, spirit" (see mania). The insect so called for
its way of holding the forelimbs as if in prayer. Also used in Gk. for some sort of grasshopper (Theocritus).
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MANTIS definition

A structured, full-function procedural 4GL and application development system from Cincom. MANTIS enables the developer to design prototypes, create transaction screens and reports, define logical data views, write structured procedures, and dynamically test, correct, document, secure, and release applications for production in a single, integrated, interactive session.
MANTIS applications can be enhanced with gOOi, the graphical object-oriented interface, which creates graphical Windows representations of existing MANTIS screens.
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Example sentences
Not unlike a praying mantis, her odd and otherworldly beauty takes time to notice.
Mantis refers to the genus mantis, to which only some praying mantids belong.
We have a praying mantis that has taken up resident at one of our four humming bird feeders.
Mantis robot could work in variety situations for example flat state and standing state.
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