genus

noun ge·nus \ ˈjē-nəs , ˈje- \

Definition of genus

plural genera play \ˈje-nə-rə\ also genuses
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 (see phylogenetic 2) related species or an isolated species exhibiting unusual differentiation, and being designated by a Latin or latinized capitalized singular noun
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

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Origin and Etymology of genus

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


GENUS Defined for English Language Learners

genus

noun

Definition of genus for English Language Learners

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


GENUS Defined for Kids

genus

noun ge·nus \ ˈjē-nəs \

Definition of genus for Students

plural genera \ˈje-nə-rə\
: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

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genus

noun ge·nus \ ˈjē-nəs , ˈjen-əs \

medical Definition of genus

plural genera play \ˈjen-ə-rə\
: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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