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gens

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noun \ˈjenz, ˈgen(t)s\

Definition of gens

plural gen·tes play \ˈjen-ˌtēz, ˈgen-ˌtās\

  1. 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. 2 :  clan; especially :  a patrilineal clan

  3. 3 :  a distinguishable group of related organisms



Origin of gens

Latin gent-, gens — more at gentle


First Known Use: 1846

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