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Definitions of genus

  1. (biology) taxonomic group containing one or more species Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a general kind of something; "ignore the genus communism" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. A class of objects divided into several subordinate species; a class more extensive than a species; a precisely defined and exactly divided class; one of the five predicable conceptions, or sorts of terms. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. An assemblage of species, having so many fundamental points of structure in common, that in the judgment of competent scientists, they may receive a common substantive name. A genus is not necessarily the lowest definable group of species, for it may often be divided into several subgenera. In proportion as its definition is exact, it is natural genus; if its definition can not be made clear, it is more or less an artificial genus. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. A broad, general class having under it several groups with certain common characteristics; as, in the animal kingdom the lion, leopard, tiger, cat, and panther are species of the catkind, or genus; in the vegetable kingdom all the species of oak form a certain genus; in logic, a class made up of two or more species, or lower classes. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. In natural history classification, the division between the order (or family) and the species. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  7. (pl. GENUSES or GENERA), In logic, that which has several species under it; a class of a greater extent than species; a universal which is predicable of several things of different species; a predicable which is considered as the material part of the species of which it is affirmed: in natural science, an assemblage of species possessing certain characters in common, by which they are distinguished from all others; it is subordinate to tribe and family; a single species, possessing certain peculiar characters which belong to no other species, may also constitute a genus, as the camelopard and the flying lemur: in music, the general name for any scale. -SUBALTERN GENUS, in logic, that which is capable of being a species in respect of a higher genus, as quadruped in respect of mammal. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  8. Generic, generical. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  9. Group containing several species. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  10. A group or class embracing subordinate classes or species. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. An assemblage of species possessing certain characters in common, by which they are distinguished; a class made up of two or more species. Summum genus, a genus contained in no higher Subaltern genus, a genus which is a species to another. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  12. That which has several species under it; a group; a kind. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  13. Genera. A group of closely related species, in classification of plants or animals. A dictionary of scientific terms. By Henderson, I. F.; Henderson, W. D. Published 1920.
  14. [Latin] A group of closely related species, in classification of plants or animals. na
  15. In the civil law. A general class or division, comprising several species. Intoto jure generi per speciem derogatur, et illud potissimum habetur quod ad speciemdirectum est, throughout the law, the species takes from the genus, and that is mostparticularly regarded which refers to the species. Dig. 50, 17, 80.A man's lineage, or direct descendants. In logic, it is the first of the universal Ideas, and is when the idea is so common thatit extends to other ideas which are also universal; e. g., incorporeal hereditament isgenus with respect to a rent, which is species. Woolley, Introd. Log. 45; 1 Mill, Log.133. thelawdictionary.org
  16. It denotes the number of beings, or objects, which agree in certain general properties, common to them all, so that genus is, in fact, only an abstract idea, expressed by some general name or term; or rather a name or term, to signify what is called au abstract idea. Thus, goods is the generic name, and includes, generally, all personal property; but this word may be restrained, particularly in bequests to such goods as are of the same kind as those previously enumerated. Vide 3 Ves. 311 11 Ves. 657; 1 Eq. Cas. Ab. 201, pl. 14; 2 Ves. sen. 278, 280; Dig. 50, 17, 80; Id. 12, 1, 2, 3. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  17. j[=e]'nus, n. (zool.) a group consisting of a number of species closely connected by common characters or natural affinity: (log.) a class of objects comprehending several subordinate species:--pl. GENERA (jen'[.e]ra).--adjs. GENER'IC, -AL, pertaining to a genus: relating to gender: of a general nature, not special: distinctly characteristic.--adv. GENER'ICALLY. [L. genus, generis, birth; cog. with Gr. genos--gignesthai.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  18. A collection or group of species, analogous to each other, and which can be united by common characters. When a species cannot be referred to a known genus, it constitutes a distinct one. Medical Lexicon. A Dictionary of Medical Science
  19. (pl. genera). (Logic) kind of things including subordinate kinds or SPECIES (highest g., not itself subordinated as species to higher g.; subaltern g., so subordinated); (Zool., Bot.) group of animals or plants having common structural characteristics distinct from those of all other groups, & usu. containing several species (see CLASS; the generic& specific names, the former with capital initial, form the proper name; the genus Homo, mankind); (loosely) kind, class, order, tribe. [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  20. An assemblage of species, or a single species, having in common important characteristics distinct from those of other species. [Gr.] Appleton's medical dictionary.
  21. In Logic. See Difference. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  22. n. [Latin, Greek] A race; a class; a kind;—in logic, a class embracing several particulars; a universal predicable of different subjects or qualities;—in natural science, an assemblage of species possessing certain characters in common; a tribe comprising one or more divisions of animal, mineral, or vegetable bodies, larger than a species, but subordinate to an order or family;—in music, the general name for any scale. Cabinet Dictionary
  23. In science, a class of being, comprehending under it many species, as Quadruped is a Genus comprehending under it almost all terrestrial beats. Complete Dictionary

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