noun An·dre·na \anˈdrēnə\

Definition of Andrena

  1. :  a genus (the type of the family Andrenidae) of burrowing solitary short-tongued bees including important pollinators of economic plants

Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Join MWU now and get access to America’s largest dictionary, with:

  • 300,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Origin and Etymology of andrena

New Latin, probably irregular from Greek anthrēnē hornet, wasp — more at atheroma

First Known Use: 1806

Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up Andrena? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a trip made at another's expense

Get Word of the Day daily email!