What does genus mean?

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


  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.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Genus

    jē′nus, n. (zool.) a group consisting of a number of species closely connected by common characters or natural affinity: (log.) a class of objects comprehending several subordinate species:—pl. Genera (jen′ėra).adjs. Gener′ic, -al, pertaining to a genus: relating to gender: of a general nature, not special: distinctly characteristic.—adv. Gener′ically. [L. genus, generis, birth; cog. with Gr. genosgignesthai.]

Anagrams for genus »

  1. negus, Negus

  2. Negus


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of genus in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of genus in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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