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[man-tis-pid] /mænˈtɪs pɪd/
any neuropterous, mantislike insect of the family Mantispidae, the larvae of which are parasites in the nests of spiders or wasps.
< Neo-Latin Mantispidae family of insects, equivalent to Mantisp(a) genus name (apparently erroneously for *Mantiopa, equivalent to manti(s) mantis + Greek -ōp(s) having a face (of a given sort), resembling (adj. use of ṓps face, eye; cf. -opsis) + Neo-Latin -a -a2) + -idae -id2
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any of a group of insects in the order Neuroptera, the adults of which bear a superficial resemblance to the praying mantid (suborder Mantodea). The European mantispid (Mantispa styriaca) is 12 to 20 mm (0.5 to 0.8 inch) long and has a wingspread of about 25 mm (1 inch)

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