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[jenz] /dʒɛnz/
noun, plural gentes
[jen-teez] /ˈdʒɛn tiz/ (Show IPA)
a group of families in ancient Rome claiming descent from a common ancestor and united by a common name and common ancestral religious rites.
Anthropology. a group tracing common descent in the male line; clan.
1840-50; < Latin gēns race, people. See genus, gender1, gender2
Related forms
subgens, noun, plural subgentes. Unabridged
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  • There is some evidence that the gentes are genetically different from one another.
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noun (pl) gentes (ˈdʒɛntiːz)
(in ancient Rome) any of a group of aristocratic families, having a common name and claiming descent from a common ancestor in the male line
(anthropol) a group based on descent in the male line
Word Origin
C19: from Latin: race; compare genus, gender
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1847, in reference to ancient Rome, "tribe, clan, house (of families having a name and certain religious rites in common and a presumed common origin)," from Latin gens (genitive gentis) "race, clan, nation" (see genus).

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