a general kind of something
"ignore the genus communism"
(biology) taxonomic group containing one or more species
a rank in the classification of organisms, below family and above species; a taxon at that rank
A group with common attributes
A number measuring some aspect of the complexity of any of various manifolds or graphs
Within a definition, a broader category of the defined concept.
Origin: Borrowed from genus from the root gen- in gignere, gegnere.
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
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
Origin: [L., birth, race, kind, sort; akin to Gr. . See Gender, and cf. Benign.]
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
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. genos—gignesthai.]
The numerical value of genus in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of genus in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
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.
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.
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.
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.
This genus of frog shows extreme endemism [found nowhere else on Earth] with several new species described in the last couple of decades across the Andean valleys of northern Bolivia and southern Peru, so we were hopeful of at least one discovery, much more surprisingly, on this same high altitude trip I was also lucky enough to discover a new Liolaemus iguana lizard in a valley at 4,500-meters of altitude.
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Translations for genus
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- gènereCatalan, Valencian
- genus, slægt, slægtenDanish
- γένος, είδοςGreek
- سرده, جنسPersian
- aicme, géineasIrish
- род, сојMacedonian
- soort, geslachtDutch
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