gens

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gens

noun \ˈjenz, ˈgen(t)s\
plural gen·tes \ˈjen-ˌtēz, ˈgen-ˌtās\

Definition of GENS

1
:  a Roman clan embracing the families of the same stock in the male line with the members having a common name and worshipping a common ancestor
2
:  clan; especially :  a patrilineal clan
3
:  a distinguishable group of related organisms

Origin of GENS

Latin gent-, gens — more at gentle
First Known Use: 1846

Rhymes with GENS

gens

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Ancient Roman clan whose members were all descended from a common male ancestor. The descendants revered the original male ancestor and identified their relationship by using his name as their second name (e.g., Gaius Valerius Catullus). Marriage between members of a gens was commonly discouraged.

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