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Meaning of gens

gens

Pronunciation: ( jenz), [key]
— pl. gen•tes
  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. a group tracing common descent in the male line; clan.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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