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

  • n. The taxonomic genus that is designated as representative of the family to which it belongs.

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

  • n. (biology) genus from which the name of a family or subfamily is formed; it is not necessarily the most representative genus but often the largest or best known or earliest described


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