Definition of mantispid in English:

mantispid

noun

Entomology
  • A mantis fly.

Origin

1920s; earliest use found in Edward Essig (b. 1884). From scientific Latin Mantispidae, family name (J. O. Westwood Introd. Mod. Classif. Insects II. 58; compare earlier Mantispides, tribe name) from Mantispa, genus name + -idae.

Pronunciation

mantispid

/manˈtɪspɪd/