mantis crab
Mantis Man"tis, n. [NL., fr. Gr. ? a prophet.] (Zo["o]l.) Any one of numerous species of voracious orthopterous insects of the genus {Mantis}, and allied genera. They are predacious long-bodied large-eyed insects of warm regions, are remarkable for their slender grotesque forms, and for holding their stout anterior legs in a manner suggesting hands folded in prayer. The common American species is {Mantis Carolina}. [1913 Webster]

{Mantis shrimp}. (Zo["o]l.) The {Squilla}, a tropical marine burrowing crustacean with large grasping appendages. Also called {mantis crab} and {mantis prawn}. [1913 Webster]


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  • mantis crab — n. Same as {Squilla}. Syn: Mantis shrimp. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mantis crab — noun tropical marine burrowing crustaceans with large grasping appendages • Syn: ↑mantis shrimp • Hypernyms: ↑stomatopod, ↑stomatopod crustacean • Hyponyms: ↑squilla, ↑mantis prawn …   Useful english dictionary

  • mantis crab — /ˈmæntəs kræb/ (say mantuhs krab) noun any of the stomatopod crustaceans with appendages resembling those of the mantis. Also, mantis shrimp …   Australian English dictionary

  • mantis crab — noun squilla (shrimp) Syn: mantis shrimp …   Wiktionary

  • Mantis — Man tis, n. [NL., fr. Gr. ? a prophet.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of numerous species of voracious orthopterous insects of the genus {Mantis}, and allied genera. They are predacious long bodied large eyed insects of warm regions, are remarkable for… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mantis Carolina — Mantis Man tis, n. [NL., fr. Gr. ? a prophet.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of numerous species of voracious orthopterous insects of the genus {Mantis}, and allied genera. They are predacious long bodied large eyed insects of warm regions, are remarkable… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mantis prawn — Mantis Man tis, n. [NL., fr. Gr. ? a prophet.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of numerous species of voracious orthopterous insects of the genus {Mantis}, and allied genera. They are predacious long bodied large eyed insects of warm regions, are remarkable… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mantis shrimp — Mantis Man tis, n. [NL., fr. Gr. ? a prophet.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of numerous species of voracious orthopterous insects of the genus {Mantis}, and allied genera. They are predacious long bodied large eyed insects of warm regions, are remarkable… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mantis shrimp — any stomatopod crustacean having a pair of appendages modified for grasping prey and resembling those of a mantis. Also called mantis crab. [1870 75] * * * ▪ crustacean  any member of the marine crustacean order Stomatopoda, especially members of …   Universalium

  • mantis prawn — noun a kind of mantis shrimp • Syn: ↑squilla • Hypernyms: ↑mantis shrimp, ↑mantis crab • Member Holonyms: ↑genus Squilla * * * noun or …   Useful english dictionary

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