Mellifera is the scientific name for honeybees which comes from Latin meaning “honey-bearing” or “bearing honey”, made up from mel (honey) and -fer (carrying, bearing, bringing), both go which derive from a PIE root.

Interesting fact: Carolus Linnaeus (1707-1778), known as the father of modern taxonomy, was a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist. He created the binomial nomenclature, a system in which each species is given a name made up of a generic and specific term- like the honeybee, Apis mellifera (Apis means bee in Latin). Linnaeus, who named the honeybee, later tried to change the name mellifera into mellifica (honey-making) when he realized that the bees don’t carry honey but nectar but he was too late. Apparently, there’s a rule in the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature that the older name takes precedence so mellifera stuck.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European



  • Melifera (Latin, English)
  • Mellifer (Latin)
  • Melifer (English)


Male forms:

  • Mellifer (Latin)
  • Melifer (English)



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  1. It sounds so pleasant! 🙂


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