noun Anom·a·la \əˈnämələ\

Definition of Anomala

  1. :  a genus of beetles (family Scarabaeidae) having grubs that feed mainly on the roots of plants and including several pests of cultivated grasses — see oriental beetle

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 anomala

New Latin, from Late Latin, feminine of anomalus anomalous

First Known Use: 1830

Seen and Heard

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


a rounded knoll or a ridge of ice

Get Word of the Day daily email!