Definition of Agalena
: a genus (the type of the family Agalenidae) of spiders that spin concave webs ending in a funnel-shaped tube where the spider hides — see grass spider
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Origin and Etymology of agalena
borrowed from New Latin (altered from the original taxon Agelena), from a- 2a- + Greek galḗnē “stillness (of the sea), calm, serenity,” going back to *galas-nā, probably (if original sense was “cheerfulness”) going back to Indo-European *ǵlh2-es-, whence, with full grade, Greek gelân “to laugh,” gélōs “laughter” — more at 1clean
First Known Use: 1869
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