noun. predacious long-bodied large-eyed insect of warm regions; rests with forelimbs raised as in prayer.
- genus Mantis
- Mantis religioso
- praying mantid
- dictyopterous insect
Example sentences of the word mantid
The Carolina mantis has larger, broader wings than other mantid species.
2. Noun, singular or mass
Although the female praying mantis has a reputation for biting the head off of the male after mating, this behavior is limited to only a few mantid species.