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Latin Root: Gens

by Anonymous

Dear Latin Teacher,

What is the meaning of the Latin root gens / gen?

Thanks, Anonymous

Dear Anonymous,

The Latin noun gens, gentis means clan or tribe. The root gen- tends to mean type or kind, as in the word genus. In biological Latin, genus defines a class or family of organisms, often containing more than one species.

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are there two "genus" roots?
by: Anonymous2

I'm trying to find the definition of the root "gen/genus" from "ingenuity", but everything I've found so far says "begin, produce, birth". Now you say "family". But the definition of ingenuity is "cleverness, inventive, resourceful, skillful". Now I'm confused- what is the correct definition? Can you help me please?

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