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gens (n.)

1847, in reference to ancient Rome, "tribe, clan, house (of families having a name and certain religious rites in common and a presumed common origin)," from Latin gens (genitive gentis) "race, clan, nation" (from PIE root *gene- "give birth, beget," with derivatives referring to procreation and familial and tribal groups).

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Definitions of gens from WordNet

gens (n.)
family based on male descent;
Synonyms: name
From wordnet.princeton.edu