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praying mantis

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Insects
praying mantisˌpraying ˈmantis (also mantis) noun [countable]  praying_mantis.jpg HBIa large insect that eats other insects
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praying mantisManipulators, fed by red veins of hydraulic fluid, fold elbows-up beside her cheeks like legs of a praying mantis.I watched with interest - it was like observing the gyrations of an alien species, a praying mantis or something.He was very tall, perhaps six foot five, all elbow and forearm, like an enormous ginger praying mantis.For more and more she is coming to resemble a mechanical praying mantis, frozen there in the glass, he wrote.We learned the swift, circular dance of the praying mantis.
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