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genus

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noun, ge·nus \ˈjē-nəs, ˈje-\

Simple Definition of genus

  • biology : a group of related animals or plants that includes several or many different species

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of genus

plural genera play \ˈje-nə-rə\ also genuses

  1. 1 :  a class, kind, or group marked by common characteristics or by one common characteristic; specifically :  a category of biological classification ranking between the family and the species, comprising structurally or phylogenetically related species or an isolated species exhibiting unusual differentiation, and being designated by a Latin or latinized capitalized singular noun

  2. 2 :  a class of objects divided into several subordinate species

Examples of genus in a sentence

  1. <the crime novel, written from the criminal's perspective, is sometimes seen as a particular species of the detective story genus>



Origin of genus

Latin gener-, genus birth, race, kind — more at kin


First Known Use: 1551

Rhymes with genus


GENUS Defined for Kids

genus

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noun ge·nus \ˈjē-nəs\

Definition of genus for Students

plural genera \ˈje-nə-rə\

  1. :  a group of related living things (as plants or animals) that ranks below the family in scientific classification and is made up of one or more species




Medical Dictionary

genus

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noun ge·nus \ˈjē-nəs, ˈjen-əs\

Medical Definition of genus

plural genera \ˈjen-ə-rə\play

  1. :  a class, kind, or group marked by common characteristics or by one common characteristic; specifically :  a category of biological classification ranking between the family and the species, comprising structurally or phylogenetically related species or an isolated species exhibiting unusual differentiation, and designated by a Latin or latinized capitalized singular noun





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