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Birth; nativity.

[Latin genitūra, reproduction, from genitus, past participle of gignere, to beget; see genə- in Indo-European roots.]


birth or nativity


(ˈdʒɛn ɪ tʃər, -ˌtʃʊər)

birth or nativity.
[1540–50; (< Middle French) < Latin genitūra. See genital, -ure]


Obsolete, birth; the process of generation.
See also: Birth
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vous avez felons ensanglante Le sein qui vous nourrit, et qui vous a porte: Or vivez de venin, sanglante geniture, Je n'ay plus que du sang pour vostre nourriture.
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