genus

noun
ge·nus | \ˈjē-nəs, ˈje- \
plural genera\ˈje-nə-rə \ also genuses

Definition of genus 

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 sense 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

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Examples of genus in a Sentence

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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Henipavirus is a genus that includes Nipah virus, a potentially fatal disease that can be transmitted to humans by bats through bites and contact with saliva or urine. New York Times, "Soccer Players and Their Coach Are on the Mend, Thailand Says," 11 July 2018 The Iceman’s last meal was balanced with grains from einkorn wheat and traces of a genus of toxic ferns called bracken. Lizzie Wade, Science | AAAS, "The ‘Iceman’s’ last meal was a high-fat feast," 12 July 2018 Lewisi, named after Lewis, is the 15th species discovered in the genus Islandiana and only the fifth cave dweller among them. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "New Spider Species Discovered In Indiana Cave," 3 July 2018 The strains are now combined under one genus: Brucellosis. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "Virginia Apgar, the pioneer of neonatal health," 7 June 2018 Learn how to identify conifers found in the Pacific Northwest by family and genus. Corey Sheldon, OregonLive.com, "HG calendar June 2-10: usher in June with activities in the garden," 1 June 2018 By harnessing computer modelling, scientists were able to identify a new genus and species of gibbon. James Rogers, Fox News, "Mysterious remains of extinct ape discovered in ancient Chinese tomb," 22 June 2018 Willow flycatchers belong to the genus Empidonax, a maddeningly difficult taxonomic group to sort out in the field. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, "Willow flycatchers are maddingly difficult to identify in the field," 13 June 2018 The Tasmanian tiger, known to science as the thylacine, was the only member of its genus of marsupial carnivores to live to modern times. Brooke Jarvis, The New Yorker, "The Obsessive Search for the Tasmanian Tiger," 16 Jan. 2012

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First Known Use of genus

1551, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for genus

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

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The first known use of genus was in 1551

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genus

noun

English Language Learners Definition of genus

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

genus

noun
ge·nus | \ˈjē-nəs \
plural genera\ˈje-nə-rə \

Kids Definition of genus

: 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

genus

noun
ge·nus | \ˈjē-nəs, ˈjen-əs \
plural genera\ˈjen-ə-rə \

Medical Definition of genus 

: 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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