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genus (n.)

(Latin plural genera), 1550s as a term of logic, "kind or class of things" (biological sense dates from c. 1600), from Latin genus (genitive generis) "race, stock, kind; family, birth, descent, origin" (from suffixed form of PIE root *gene- "give birth, beget," with derivatives referring to procreation and familial and tribal groups).

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Definitions of genus from WordNet

genus (n.)
a general kind of something;
ignore the genus communism
genus (n.)
(biology) taxonomic group containing one or more species;
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