Definition of Mantispid

1. Noun. Insect that resembles a mantis; larvae are parasites in the nests of spiders and wasps.

Definition of Mantispid

1. n. Any neuropterous insect of the genus Mantispa, and allied genera. The larvæ feed on plant lice. Also used adjectively. See Illust. under Neuroptera.

Definition of Mantispid

1. Noun. A family of net-winged insects, the family ''Mantispidae''. ¹

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Medical Definition of Mantispid

1. Any neuropterous insect of the genus Mantispa, and allied genera. The larvae feed on plant lice. Also used adjectively. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Mantispid

mantis crab
mantis crabs
mantis prawn
mantis shrimp
mantispid (current term)
mantle field
mantle layer
mantle plume
mantle sclerosis
mantle zone
mantled ground squirrel
mantled guereza

Literary usage of Mantispid

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1. An Introduction to the Modern Classification of Insects: Founded on the by John Obadiah Westwood (1840)
"The family mantispid^E* Westw., like the preceding, consists of a single anomalous genus, whose situation has greatly perplexed sys- ..."

2. A Manual for the Study of Insects by John Henry Comstock, Anna Botsford Comstock (1895)
"A. Prothorax as long as or longer than the mesothorax and the metathorax combined. B. Fore legs greatly enlarged and fitted for grasping, p. 179. mantispid^ ..."

3. Transactions of the American Entomological Society. by American Entomological Society (1892)
"This embraces five families, which may be separated as follows: 1.—Anterior legs raptorial mantispid.*}. Anterior legs not raptorial 2. 2. ..."

4. Field Book of Insects: With Special Reference to Those of Northeastern by Frank Eugene Lutz (1918)
"... nests of spiders and wasps, and pupate there within a silken cocoon mantispid^E. Front legs not thicker than other legs and not fitted for grasping 3. ..."

5. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington by Entomological Society of Washington (1913)
"... ON NEARCTIC mantispid/€. BY NATHAN BANKS. Our species of this family are not numerous; on the occasion of adding two more I tabulate the genera that are ..."

6. Zoology: A Systematic Account of the General Structure, Habits, Instincts by William Benjamin Carpenter (1848)
"Finally, the mantispid.E seem to connect this order with the preceding; having the mouth formed upon the plan of that of the Neurop- tera ; but having the ..."

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