Definitions for genusˈdʒi nəs; ˈdʒɛn ər ə

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. genus(noun)

    a general kind of something

    "ignore the genus communism"

  2. genus(noun)

    (biology) taxonomic group containing one or more species

Wiktionary

  1. genus(Noun)

    a rank in the classification of organisms, below family and above species; a taxon at that rank

  2. genus(Noun)

    A group with common attributes

  3. genus(Noun)

    A number measuring some aspect of the complexity of any of various manifolds or graphs

  4. genus(Noun)

    Within a definition, a broader category of the defined concept.

  5. Origin: Borrowed from genus from the root gen- in gignere, gegnere.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Genus(noun)

    a class of objects divided into several subordinate species; a class more extensive than a species; a precisely defined and exactly divided class; one of the five predicable conceptions, or sorts of terms

  2. Genus(noun)

    an assemblage of species, having so many fundamental points of structure in common, that in the judgment of competent scientists, they may receive a common substantive name. A genus is not necessarily the lowest definable group of species, for it may often be divided into several subgenera. In proportion as its definition is exact, it is natural genus; if its definition can not be made clear, it is more or less an artificial genus

  3. Origin: [L., birth, race, kind, sort; akin to Gr. . See Gender, and cf. Benign.]

Freebase

  1. Genus

    In biology, a genus is a low-level taxonomic rank used in the biological classification of living and fossil organisms, which is an example of definition by genus and differentia. Genera and higher taxonomic levels such as families are used in biodiversity studies, particularly in fossil studies since species cannot always be confidently identified and genera and families typically have longer stratigraphic ranges than species. The term comes from the Latin genus meaning "descent, family, type, gender", cognate with Greek: γένος – genos, "race, stock, kin". The composition of a genus is determined by a taxonomist. The standards for genus classification are not strictly codified, so different authorities often produce different classifications for genera. In the hierarchy of the binomial classification system, genus comes above species and below family.

Anagrams for genus »

  1. negus, Negus

  2. Negus

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Brian Villmoare:

    At 2.8 million years ago, this places the evolution of our genus very close to 3.0 million years ago, which is when we last see Lucy's species.

  2. Emanuel Tschopp:

    We found that the differences between the genus Brontosaurus and the genus Apatosaurus are so numerous that they should be kept apart as two different genera.

  3. Daniel Sandweiss:

    Humans have such a large and sometimes unexpected influence on economies and ecosystems, the squash we have today are remaining representatives of this genus of plant which otherwise would have been in trouble for survival because of the changing landscape.

  4. Joseph Weizenbaum:

    Man is not a machine... Although man most certainly processes information, he does not necessarily process it in the way computers do. Computers and men are not species of the same genus... However much intelligence computers may attain, now or in the furture, theirs must always be an intelligence alien to genuine human problems and concerns.

  5. Diane Frolov:

    What is it about genus arboretum that socks us in the figurative solar plexus We see a logging truck go cruising down the road, stacked with a bunch of those fresh-cut giants, we feel like we lost a brother. Next thing you know, we're in The Brick, we're flopping money down on the bar. Wood. We're under a roof. Wood. We're walking the floors. Wood. Grabbing a pool cue. That's wood. Our friends in the forest carry a set of luggage from the mythical baggage carousel. Tree of life, tree of knowledge, family tree, Buddha's Bodhi tree. Page one of life, in the beginning. Genesis 322. Adam and Eve. They're kicking back in the garden of Eden and boom, they get an eviction notice. Why is that Lest they should also take of the tree of life, eat and live forever. A definitive Yahweh no-no. Be good to yourself, go out and plant a wet one on a tree.

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