One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A principal taxonomic category that ranks above species and below family, and is denoted by a capitalized Latin name, e.g. Leo.
group, subdivision, subfamilyView synonyms
- ‘Both the genus and species name of this aggressive flycatcher are from the Latin word for tyrant.’
- ‘The identification of two named genera in a single organism presents a taxonomic dilemma.’
- ‘The cephalochordates include only about twenty species of two genera of organisms commonly called amphioxus.’
- ‘In addition, honeyeaters are known to forage on a range of plant families, genera and species at any one time, and do not rely on a single plant species for food.’
- ‘The three named genera of the family are apparently endemic to the southwestern North American craton.’
- 1.1 (in philosophical and general use) a class of things that have common characteristics and that can be divided into subordinate kinds.
type, sort, kind, genre, style, variety, category, classView synonyms
- ‘The main genera of relativism can be distinguished according to the object they seek to relativize.’
- ‘The result is a genus of restaurant that is a sort of exotic greasy spoon.’
- ‘In any case, one could see the common genus being post-retirement payment for work for an employer or like body.’
- ‘The subject genus of physics, for example, is the class of cases in which bodies change their locations in space.’
- ‘Aristotle also points out that sometimes the hypothesis of the genus is omitted as too obvious.’
Mid 16th century: from Latin, ‘birth, race, stock’.
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