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ge·ni·i 1

 (jē′nē-ī′)
n. Roman Mythology
Plural of genius.

ge·ni·i 2

 (jē′nē-ī′)
pl.n. Archaic
Genies; jinn.

[Plural of genius (influenced by Arabic jinnī, jinni).]

genii

(ˈdʒiːnɪˌaɪ)
n
the plural of genius5, genius6

gen•ius

(ˈdʒin yəs)

n., pl. gen•ius•es for 2,3,8, gen•i•i (ˈdʒi niˌaɪ)
for 6,7,9.
1. an exceptional natural capacity of intellect, esp. as shown in creative and original work in science, art, music, etc.: the genius of Mozart.
2. a person having such capacity.
3. natural ability; talent: a genius for leadership.
4. distinctive character or spirit, as of a nation, period, or language.
5. the guardian spirit of a place, person, institution, etc.
6. a person who strongly influences for good or ill the character, conduct, or destiny of a person, place, or thing: an evil genius.
7. jinn.
[1350–1400; < Latin: tutelary deity or genius of a person; compare genus]
References in classic literature ?
They greeted one another, and then the old man said to him, "May I ask, brother, what brought you to this desert place, where there are so many evil genii about?
Then the old man leading the hind threw himself at the monster's feet and said, "O Prince of the Genii, I beg of you to stay your fury and to listen to me.
There were also corporate Genii: Genii of the family, the tribe, and the nation.