Definition of genus in English:
noun (plural genera /ˈdʒɛn(ə)rə/)Biology
1A principal taxonomic category that ranks above species and below family, and is denoted by a capitalized Latin name, e.g. Leo.
- 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.
- Both the genus and species name of this aggressive flycatcher are from the Latin word for tyrant.
1.1(In philosophical and general use) a class of things which have common characteristics and which can be divided into subordinate kinds.
- 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.
- The main genera of relativism can be distinguished according to the object they seek to relativize.
mid 16th century: from Latin, 'birth, race, stock'.