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 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 shrimp — n. STOMATOPOD …   English World dictionary

  • 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 shrimp — Squilla Squil la (skw[i^]l l[.a]), n.; pl. E. {Squillas} ( l[.a]z), L. {Squill[ae]} ( l[=e]). [L., a sea onion, also, a prawn or shrimp. See {Squill}.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of numerous stomapod crustaceans of the genus {Squilla} and allied genera.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mantis shrimp — man′tis shrimp n. ivt any of numerous shrimplike crustaceans of the order Stomatopoda having a greatly enlarged second pair of grasping forelimbs somewhat resembling those of a mantis • Etymology: 1870–75 …   From formal English to slang

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

  • mantis shrimp — noun Date: 1871 stomatopod …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • Mantis (disambiguation) — Mantis is the common name of any insect in the order Mantodea, also commonly known as praying mantises. The word itself means prophet in Latin and Greek. This may also refer to: In biology: Mantis shrimp, also known as stomatopods, predatory… …   Wikipedia

  • Shrimp (disambiguation) — Shrimp can refer to:* Shrimp, a crustacean of order Decapoda within class Malacostraca, and widespread foodstuff * Mantis shrimp, a crustacean of order Stomatopoda within class Malacostraca * Opossum shrimp, crustaceans comprising orders… …   Wikipedia

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