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genus, genera, generic

Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
No Taxon (Glossary)
No Taxon (G)
No Taxon genus, genera, generic
Explanation of Names
Roman Latin genus, meaning tribe, group. Cognate with Greek γενοσ, meaning offspring, group, type, or class. Likewise cognate with English kin and kind via a common Indo-European origin (Etymology Online).
genus singular noun, plural genera, adjective generic - a rank in the classification of organisms, below family and above species; a taxon (taxonomic group) at that rank. Simply put, a genus is a group of closely-related species, all presumed to have descended from a single common ancestor. Some examples of genera, with thumbnails of representative species for each are below.

Danaus, includes the Monarch, Queen, and Soldier Butterflies:

Orchelimum, the Greater Meadow Katydids:

Phanaeus, the "Rainbow Scarabs":

Argiope, a genus of orb-weaver spiders:
Internet References
Wiktionary: genus, genos
Wikipedia: Genus