Ag·​a·​le·​na | \ ˌa-gə-ˈlēnə \

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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First Known Use of Agalena

1869, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Agalena

borrowed from New Latin (altered from the original taxon Agelena), from a- a- entry 2 + 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”

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“Agalena.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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