from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A member of the same kind, class, or group.
  • n. An organism belonging to the same taxonomic genus as another organism.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A plant or animal of the same taxonomic genus as another.
  • n. A person or thing similar in behavior or nature to another.
  • n. Any of a group of structurally-related compounds.
  • n. Any of several alcohols, other than ethanol, that are found in fermented and distilled alcoholic drinks, and are partially responsible for their flavour and character.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A thing of the same genus, species, or kind; a thing allied in nature, character, or action.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of the same genus or kind; congeneric.
  • n. A thing of the same kind as. or nearly allied to, another; specifically, in botany and zoology, a plant or an animal belonging to the same genus as another or to one nearly allied.
  • n. In anatomy, a muscle which acts with another in producing the same movement.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a minor chemical constituent that gives a wine or liquor its distinctive character
  • n. an animal or plant that bears a relationship to another (as related by common descent or by membership in the same genus)
  • n. a whole (a thing or person) of the same kind or category as another


From Latin, of the same race : com-, com- + genus, gener-, race; see genə- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin com- (“same”) +‎ genus (“kind”) (Wiktionary)



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