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Meaning of GENUS

Pronunciation:  'jeenus

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a general kind of something; "ignore the genus communism"
  2. [n]  (biology) taxonomic group containing one or more species

GENUS is a 5 letter word that starts with G.


 See Also: amphibian genus, arthropod genus, bacteria genus, bird genus, chordate genus, coelenterate genus, ctenophore genus, dicot genus, echinoderm genus, family, fern genus, fish genus, form, form genus, fungus genus, gymnosperm genus, kind, liliopsid genus, magnoliopsid genus, mammal genus, mollusk genus, monocot genus, moss genus, plant genus, protoctist genus, reptile genus, sort, species, sponge genus, subgenus, taxon, taxonomic group, type genus, variety, worm genus



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ge"nus\ (j[=e]"n[u^]s), n.; pl. {Genera}. [L., birth,
race, kind, sort; akin to Gr. ?. See {Gender}, and cf.
1. (Logic) 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. (Biol.) 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.

Note: Thus in the animal kingdom the lion, leopard, tiger,
      cat, and panther are species of the Cat kind or genus,
      while in the vegetable kingdom all the species of oak
      form a single genus. Some genera are represented by a
      multitude of species, as Solanum (Nightshade) and Carex
      (Sedge), others by few, and some by only one known

{Subaltern genus} (Logic), a genus which may be a species of
   a higher genus, as the genus denoted by quadruped, which
   is also a species of mammal.

{Summum genus} [L.] (Logic), the highest genus; a genus which
   can not be classed as a species, as being.

Biology Dictionary
 Definition: The second most specific taxonomic level; includes closely related species. Interbreeding between organisms within the same genus can occur.
  1. A category including closely related species. Interbreeding between organisms within the same category can occur.
  2. a group of closely related species.
Thesaurus Terms
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