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The taxonomic genus that is designated as representative of the family to which it belongs.
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Biol. the genus that is formally held to be typical of the family or other higher group to which it belongs.
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|Noun||1.||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|
genus - (biology) taxonomic group containing one or more species
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