One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A spurious or invalid genus of plants or animals, such as one based on superficial similarities between unrelated species, or on forms (e.g. developmental stages) that have been mistakenly regarded as distinct. Also: a name used for a group of hybrid forms, especially intergeneric hybrids.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. From pseudo- + genus.
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