Definition of Phryganea in English:

Phryganea

noun

Zoology
  • A genus of insect, originally comprising all caddis flies (and some similar insects with aquatic larvae) but later more narrowly defined; (also phryganea) an insect of this genus (now rare).

Origin

Late 17th century; earliest use found in Samuel Pordage (bap. 1633, d. c1691), poet and translator. In some forms from post-classical Latin phryganeum, phryganium; in some forms from scientific Latin Phryganea (also as Phrygania), genus name, alteration of post-classical Latin phryganeum, phryganium caddis from either ancient Greek ϕρύγανον or medieval Greek ϕρυγανίς a dry stick, so called on account of the stick-like appearance of the larval cases.

Pronunciation

Phryganea

/frɪˈɡeɪnɪə/