mantispid


mantispid

mantispid [man-tis-pid] Word Origin noun

  1. any neuropterous, mantislike insect of the family Mantispidae, the larvae of which are parasites in the nests of spiders or wasps.

Origin of mantispid New Latin Mantispidae family of insects, equivalent to Mantisp(a) genus name (apparently erroneously for *Mantiopa, equivalent to manti(s) mantis + Greek -ōp(s) having a face (of a given sort), resembling (adj. use of ṓps face, eye; cf. -opsis) + New Latin -a -a2) + -idae -id2

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