summum genus

noun
summum ge·​nus | \-ˈgānəs;-ˈjēnəs\
plural summa genera\¦su̇məˈgenərə, ¦süm-​; ¦səməˈjenərə \

Definition of summum genus 

: a genus that can undergo logical division : a genus that cannot be classed as a species — compare tree of porphyry

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