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ge·nus

 (jē′nəs)
n. pl. gen·er·a (jĕn′ər-ə)
1. Biology A taxonomic category ranking below a family and above a species and designating a group of species that are presumed to be closely related and usually exhibit similar characteristics. In a scientific name, the genus name is capitalized and italicized, for example,Ovis for sheep and related animals.
2. Logic A class of objects divided into subordinate species having certain common attributes.
3. A class, group, or kind with common attributes.

[Latin, kind; see genə- in Indo-European roots.]

genus

(ˈdʒiːnəs)
n, pl genera (ˈdʒɛnərə) or genuses
1. (Biology) biology any of the taxonomic groups into which a family is divided and which contains one or more species. For example, Vulpes (foxes) is a genus of the dog family (Canidae)
2. (Logic) logic a class of objects or individuals that can be divided into two or more groups or species
3. a class, group, etc, with common characteristics
4. (Mathematics) maths a number characterizing a closed surface in topology equal to the number of handles added to a sphere to form the surface. A sphere has genus 0, a torus, genus 1, etc
[C16: from Latin: race]

ge•nus

(ˈdʒi nəs)

n., pl. gen•e•ra (ˈdʒɛn ər ə)
ge•nus•es.
1. the usual major subdivision of a biological family or subfamily in the classification of organisms, usu. consisting of more than one species.
2. Logic. a class or group of individuals, or of species of individuals.
3. a kind; sort; class.
[1545–55; < Latin: race, stock, kind, gender, c. Greek génos]

ge·nus

(jē′nəs)
Plural genera (jĕn′ər-ə)
A group of organisms ranking above a species and below a family. See Table at taxonomy.

Genus

 a class, order, or type of thing, esp. of plants or animals.

genus

A group of closely related species.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.genus - a general kind of something; "ignore the genus communism"
kind, sort, form, variety - a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality; "sculpture is a form of art"; "what kinds of desserts are there?"
2.genus - (biology) taxonomic group containing one or more species
form genus - an artificial taxonomic category established on the basis of morphological resemblance for organisms of obscure true relationships especially fossil forms
bacteria genus - a genus of bacteria
protoctist genus - any genus of Protoctista
fish genus - any of various genus of fish
chordate genus - any genus in the phylum Chordata
bird genus - a genus of birds
amphibian genus - any genus of amphibians
reptile genus - a genus of reptiles
arthropod genus - a genus of arthropods
mammal genus - a genus of mammals
sponge genus - a genus of Porifera
coelenterate genus - a genus of coelenterates
ctenophore genus - a genus of ctenophores
worm genus - a genus of worms
mollusk genus - a genus of mollusks
echinoderm genus - a genus of echinoderms
biological science, biology - the science that studies living organisms
taxon, taxonomic category, taxonomic group - animal or plant group having natural relations
family - (biology) a taxonomic group containing one or more genera; "sharks belong to the fish family"
subgenus - (biology) taxonomic group between a genus and a species
type genus - (biology) genus from which the name of a family or subfamily is formed; it is not necessarily the most representative genus but often the largest or best known or earliest described
form genus - (biology) an artificial taxonomic category for organisms of which the true relationships are obscure
species - (biology) taxonomic group whose members can interbreed
moss genus - a genus of mosses
gymnosperm genus - a genus of gymnosperms
liliopsid genus, monocot genus - genus of flowering plants having a single cotyledon (embryonic leaf) in the seed
dicot genus, magnoliopsid genus - genus of flowering plants having two cotyledons (embryonic leaves) in the seed which usually appear at germination
fungus genus - includes lichen genera
plant genus - a genus of plants
fern genus - genera of ferns and fern allies

genus

noun type, sort, kind, group, set, order, race, class, breed, category, genre, classification all the species of a particular genus
Translations
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genro
suku
nemzetség
släkte

genus

[ˈdʒenəs] N (genera or genuses (pl)) (Bio) → género m

genus

[ˈdʒiːnəs] [genera] [ˈdʒɛnərə] (pl) ngenre m

genus

n pl <genera> (Biol) → Gattung f

genus

[ˈdʒɛnəs] n (genera (pl)) [ˈdʒɛnərə]genere m

ge·nus

n. género, categoría perteneciente a una clasificación biológica.
References in classic literature ?
And thereby whalemen distinguish this fish from other tribes of his genus.
It would be necessary only to know the genus and perhaps the race or variety, to know the individual.
Man was an enemy, so they did not think of themselves as belonging any longer to the same genus.
Peter Van Tromp, an English-speaking, two-legged animal of the international genus, and by profession of general and more than equivocal utility.
Metaphor is the application of an alien name by transference either from genus to species, or from species to genus, or from species to species, or by analogy, that is, proportion Thus from genus to species, as: 'There lies my ship'; for lying at anchor is a species of lying.
answered the abbe, "man is but man after all, and you are about the best specimen of the genus I have ever known.
Take as an instance the genus 'animal' and the genus 'knowledge'.
We went through the formalities of the custom-houses, or barrieres, the same day, and the next morning we were all transferred to a celebrated shop that dealt in articles of our genus.
Reuter's establishment, where about a hundred specimens of the genus "jeune fille" collected together, offered a fertile variety of subject.
He had found an unknown bivalve, forming a new genus, and, more than this, he had hunted down and secured, with Jupiter's assistance, a scarabæus which he believed to be totally new, but in respect to which he wished to have my opinion on the morrow.
It was the fruiterer," replied my friend, "who brought you to the conclusion that the mender of soles was not of sufficient height for Xerxes et id genus omne.
In the first place, let me read to you a schoolboy account of the genus Sphinx, of the family Crepuscularia of the order Lepidoptera, of the class of Insecta -- or insects.