The Low German form replaced the older Middle High German tren(e), from Old High German treno. The word was originally masculine but became feminine in early modern German, probably under the influence of Biene (“bee”). The fact that drones were males was generally unknown. The aircraft sense is a semantic loan from cognate English drone.
Drohne f (genitive Drohne, plural Drohnen)
- drone (male bee)
- (aviation) drone (unmanned aircraft)
- (dated) sponger, parasite