Pronunciation: ( jenz), [key]
—pl. gen•tesPronunciation: (jen'tēz). [key]
1. a group of families in ancient Rome claiming descent from a common ancestor and united by a common name and common ancestral religious rites.
2. Anthropol.a group tracing common descent in the male line; clan.
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