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Definition: Mantis Carolina
, n. [NL., fr. Gr. ? a prophet.] (Zo["o]l.)
Any one of numerous species of voracious orthopterous insects
of the genus Mantis
, and allied genera. They are predacious
long-bodied large-eyed insects of warm regions, are
remarkable for their slender grotesque forms, and for holding
their stout anterior legs in a manner suggesting hands folded
in prayer. The common American species is Mantis Carolina
. (Zo["o]l.) The Squilla
, a tropical marine
burrowing crustacean with large grasping appendages. Also
called mantis crab
and mantis prawn
, n. [AS. de['o]fol, de['o]ful; akin to G. ?eufel,
Goth. diaba['u]lus; all fr. L. diabolus the devil, Gr. ? the
devil, the slanderer, fr. ? to slander, calumniate, orig., to
throw across; ? across + ? to throw, let fall, fall; cf. Skr.
gal to fall. Cf. Diabolic
1. The Evil One; Satan, represented as the tempter and
spiritual of mankind.
[Jesus] being forty days tempted of the devil.
--Luke iv. 2.
That old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which
deceiveth the whole world. --Rev. xii. 9.
2. An evil spirit; a demon.
A dumb man possessed with a devil. --Matt. ix.
3. A very wicked person; hence, any great evil. “That devil
Glendower.” “The devil drunkenness.”
Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a
devil? --John vi. 70.
4. An expletive of surprise, vexation, or emphasis, or,
ironically, of negation. [Low]
The devil a puritan that he is, . . . but a
The things, we know, are neither rich nor rare,
But wonder how the devil they got there. --Pope.
5. (Cookery) A dish, as a bone with the meat, broiled and
excessively peppered; a grill with Cayenne pepper.
Men and women busy in baking, broiling, roasting
oysters, and preparing devils on the gridiron. --Sir
6. (Manuf.) A machine for tearing or cutting rags, cotton,
. See under Blue
. See under Cartesian
(Zo["o]l.), one of two or more South African
drongo shrikes (Edolius retifer
, and Edolius remifer
believed by the natives to be connected with sorcery.
Devil may care
, reckless, defiant of authority; -- used
(Bot.), the large kelp (Laminaria saccharina
, and Laminaria longicruris
) of the Atlantic
ocean, having a blackish, leathery expansion, shaped
somewhat like an apron.
(a) The black rove beetle (Ocypus olens
(b) A large, predacious, hemipterous insect (Prionotus cristatus
); the wheel bug. [U.S.]
. (Zo["o]l.) See under Darn
, v. t.
, Devil's hand
(Zo["o]l.), the common
British starfish (Asterias rubens
); -- also applied to a
sponge with stout branches. [Prov. Eng., Irish & Scot.]
(Zo["o]l.), the American mantis
The Devil's tattoo
, a drumming with the fingers or feet.
“Jack played the Devil's tattoo on the door with his boot
--F. Hardman (Blackw. Mag.).
, worship of the power of evil; -- still
practiced by barbarians who believe that the good and evil
forces of nature are of equal power.
, the youngest apprentice in a printing
office, who runs on errands, does dirty work (as washing
the ink rollers and sweeping), etc. “Without fearing the
printer's devil or the sheriff's officer.”
(Zo["o]l.), a very savage carnivorous
marsupial of Tasmania (Dasyurus ursinus
syn. Diabolus ursinus
To play devil with
, to molest extremely; to ruin. [Low]