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Meaning of mantis

man•tis

Pronunciation: (man'tis), [key]
— pl. -tis•es, -tes
  1. 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.
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