Definition of gena in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈjēnə/

noun (plural genae /-nē/)

The lateral part of the head of an insect or other arthropod below the level of the eyes.
Example sentences
  • In summary, it is not only essential for determining the anterior border to the progression furrow but also for the morphogenesis of major parts of the dorsal and ventral (gena) head.
  • The specimen is an external mold and tectonic flattening of the genae appears to have produced a greater width than length.



Example sentences
  • Its posterior margin runs at right angles to the longitudinal axis, before swinging inwards to form distinct genal angles and a genal epimeron on the left-hand side.
  • The cephalon lacks definite genal spines, and the tail spine, insofar as it can be reconstructed, does not appear to have been very long relative to the body.
  • Genal regions are angular but are not developed into genal spines.


Early 19th century: Latin, literally 'cheek'.

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Syllabification: ge·na

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