EN[ˈdʒiːnəs] [ˈdʒɛnəs] [-iːnəs]
  • In biology, a genus /ˈdʒiːnəs/ (plural: genera) is a taxonomic rank used in the biological classification of living and fossil organisms. In the hierarchy of biological classification, genus comes above species and below family.
  • E.G., Pongo pygmaeus and Pongo abelii are two species within the genus Pongo. Pongo is a genus within the family Hominidae.
  • 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.

    Definition of genus in English Dictionary

  • NounPLgenera
    1. (taxonomy) a rank in the classification of organisms, below family and above species; a taxon at that rank.
      1. All magnolias belong to the genus Magnolia.
      2. Other species of the genus Bos are often called cattle or wild cattle.
      3. There are only two genera and species of seadragons.
    2. A group with common attributes.
      1. (topology) A number measuring some aspect of the complexity of any of various manifolds or graphs.
        1. (semantics) Within a definition, a broader category of the defined concept.
        2. More Examples
          1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
            • HCV is a member of Flaviviridae family and genus hepacivirus reported back in 1989.
            • By breeding two troglobitic species of the genus Aphaenops, she was able to obtain the first larval instar and observed that it does not feed.
            • This genus exemplifies some of the prevailing taxonomic uncertainties in halocyprids.
          2. Used in the Ending of Sentence
            • A chequerwise arrangement of the species belonging to the former Rimicaris and Chorocaris within Rimicaridinae gives additional evidence for their genetic similarity and thus synonimising both genera.
        • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
          1. Nouns
            • Nouns with irregular plurals
              • Countable nouns
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            Meaning of genus for the defined word.

            Grammatically, this word "genus" is a noun, more specifically, a nouns with irregular plural and a countable noun.
            Difficultness: Level 2
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            Definiteness: Level 9
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