genii protect individuals and places: springs, hills, cities, and army barracks all had a genius loci, a genius of the place.
But the Romans simply transferred many of the functions of genii to angels.
According to Khizil, the wall had been erected by the genii (Djins), at the command of the mighty sovereign Alexander.
The genii of the East have woven this banner from the rays of benignant stars.
And the Sultan's Groom turned upside down by the genii; there he is upon his head!
genii know all that men know, and many other things besides, chevalier.
The genii might easily send a man through a whale's belly, but Allah himself could not make water hard and dry.
Was the dull brass lamp burning on the table, the gift of the genii?
It was a scene of tranquillity and repose, if not indeed the abode of the genii and fairies.
The genii began to sing that Pamina had gone demented, and no wonder.
late 14c., "tutelary god (classical or pagan)," from Latin genius "guardian deity or spirit which watches over each person from birth; spirit, incarnation, wit, talent;" also "prophetic skill," originally "generative power," from root of gignere "beget, produce" (see kin), from PIE root *gen- "produce." Sense of "characteristic disposition" is from 1580s. Meaning "person of natural intelligence or talent" and that of "natural ability" are first recorded 1640s.