noun, plural gen·e·ra [jen-er-uh] /ˈdʒɛn ər ə/, ge·nus·es.
Origin of genus
Related Words for generasort, division, kind, compartment, group, variety, brand, breed, style, department, section, genre, subdivision, model, category, class, make, subfamily, character, classification
Examples from the Web for genera
Historical Examples of genera
By the collar the genus differs from the other genera which are to follow.
The genera of Hydnace are distinguished by the size, shape, and attachment of the teeth.
Thus, as I believe, species are multiplied and genera are formed.
In some other genera they are present, but in a rudimentary condition.
The six descendants from (I) will form two sub-genera or genera.On the Origin of Species
noun plural genera (ˈdʒɛnərə) or genuses
Word Origin for genus
plural of genus.
(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," cognate with Greek genos "race, kind," and gonos "birth, offspring, stock," from PIE root *gen(e)- "produce, beget, be born" (cf. Sanskrit janati "begets, bears," janah "race," janman- "birth, origin," jatah "born;" Avestan zizanenti "they bear;" Greek gignesthai "to become, happen;" Latin gignere "to beget," gnasci "to be born," genius "procreative divinity, inborn tutelary spirit, innate quality," ingenium "inborn character," germen "shoot, bud, embryo, germ;" Lithuanian gentis "kinsmen;" Gothic kuni "race;" Old English cennan "beget, create;" Old High German kind "child;" Old Irish ro-genar "I was born;" Welsh geni "to be born;" Armenian chanim "I bear, I am born").