n. pl. gen·er·a(jĕnər-ə) also ge·nus·es
1. Biology A taxonomic category ranking below a family and above a species and designating a group of species that are presumed to be closely related and usually exhibit similar characteristics. In a scientific name, the genus name is capitalized and italicized, for example, Ovis for sheep and related animals.
2. Logic A class of objects divided into subordinate species having certain common attributes.
3. A class, group, or kind with common attributes.
[Latin, kind; see genə- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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