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  • It is a rare long-arm squid of the genus Magnapinna.
  • The genus Begonia contains about 1000 species.
  • And thereby whalemen distinguish this fish from other tribes of his genus.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • You had a real genus, to use his expression.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch

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  • Marie-Laure is not a collector in the way that Dr. Geffard was, an amasser, always looking to scurry down the scales of order, family, genus, species, and subspecies.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • Two genera— tions had built what I saw; and I mourned for that lost labour.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • Or it is a small plant of the genus Veronia.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • There are some fifty varieties of toxic locoweeds, the bulk of which are in the genusAstragalus, a genus very closely related toHedysarum.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • …new york for good. i dont want to do nothing like that agen. i dont want miss kinnian to feel sorry for me. evry body feels sorry at the factery and i dont want that eather so im going someplace where nobody knows that charlie gordon was once a genus and now he cant even reed a book or rite good. im taking a cuple of books along and even if i cant reed them ill practise hard and maybe i wont forget every thing i lemed. if i try reel hard maybe ill be a littel bit smarter than i was…
    Daniel Keyes  --  Flowers for Algernon
  • It is some systematized exhibition of the whale in his broad genera, that I would now fain put before you.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick

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  • There are something like three hundred genera of dinosaurs known so far.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • I thought I might just as well describe my pet in order to know it—order, vertebrate; division, quadruped; class, mammalia; genus, felinus; species, cat; individual, Tabby.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • It is said that Deucalion and Pyrrha created men by throwing stones over their heads behind them:— Inde genus durum sumus, experiensque laborum, Et documenta damus qua simus origine nati.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • Each of these families is divided into several genera, each genus into species, each species into varieties.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • "It was the fruiterer," replied my friend, "who brought you to the conclusion that the mender of soles was not of sufficient height for Xerxes et id genus omne."
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Murders in the Rue Morgue
  • And she is an unimpeachable Christian, I am sure; perhaps of the very tribe, genus, and species you desire to propagate.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • The overall name of these interrelated structures, the genus of which the hierarchy of containment and structure of causation are just species, is system.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • Mr Burd points out that this passage is imitated directly from Cicero’s "De Officiis": "Nam cum sint duo genera decertandi, unum per disceptationem, alterum per vim; cumque illud proprium sit hominis, hoc beluarum; confugiendum est ad posterius, si uti non licet superiore."
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • Besides, though taste latterly had deteriorated to a degree, original music like that, different from the conventional rut, would rapidly have a great vogue as it would be a decided novelty for Dublin’s musical world after the usual hackneyed run of catchy tenor solos foisted on a confiding public by Ivan St Austell and Hilton St Just and their genus omne.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • The real blow came twelve years later, when, as a consequence of a radical taxonomic reshuffle, lepidopterists decided that Pappachi’s moth was in fact a separate species and genus hitherto unknown to science.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • He had found an unknown bivalve, forming a new genus, and, more than this, he had hunted down and secured, with Jupiter’s assistance, a scarabaeus which he believed to be totally new, but in respect to which he wished to have my opinion on the morrow.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Gold-Bug
  • If, I say, while these sacred rites, which are in common to genus omne animantium, are in agitation between the stag and his mistress, any hostile beasts should venture too near, on the first hint given by the frighted hind, fierce and tremendous rushes forth the stag to the entrance of the thicket; there stands he centinel over his love, stamps the ground with his foot, and with his horns brandished aloft in air, proudly provokes the apprehended foe to combat.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • Several individuals lead to the perception of the species; several species to that of the genus.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • It was as if they were powered by some massive underground genera-tor that powered fluorescent chemicals in large tubes made to look like trees.
    Ted Dekker  --  Black: The Birth of Evil
  • This is the only sensible manner of dealing with such verses: Why trouble yourself about the species till you have previously decided upon the genus?
    William Wordsworth  --  Preface to Lyrical Ballads
  • They talk about their laborers with a persistent irritation sounding in their voices: individual natives they might like, but as a genus, they loathe them.
    Doris Lessing  --  The Grass is Singing
  • To the order of Ganoides—an order of fish having angular scales, covered with bright enamel—forming one of the family of the Cephalaspides, of the genus
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • "There is no exquisite beauty," says Bacon, Lord Verulam, speaking truly of all the forms and genera of beauty, "without some strangeness in the proportion."
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  Ligeia
  • The attempt to produce a genus of opera without music (and this absurdity is what our fashionable theatres have been driving at for a long time without knowing it) is far less hopeful than my own determination to accept problem as the normal materiel of the drama.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Mrs. Warren’s Profession
  • The articles and editorials regarding him, in newspapers, house organs, and one rubber-goods periodical, were accompanied by photographs of himself, his buxom wife, and his eight bounding daughters, depicted in Canadian winter costumes among snow and icicles, in modest but easy athletic costumes, playing tennis in the backyard, and in costumes of no known genus whatever, frying bacon against a background of Northern Minnesota pines.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • Hans Castorp counted, probed, and compared; he investigated the structure and placement of sepals and petals, of male and female sex organs, compared them to diagrams and illustrations, determined to his satisfaction that the structures of plants he knew were scientifically correct, and then proceeded to those whose names he did not know, identifying them with his Linnaeus according to class, cohort, order, family, genus, and species.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • "Tut, tut!" answered the abbe, "man is but man after all, and you are about the best specimen of the genus I have ever known.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Ragnar Danneskjold lay stretched on a couch, reading a volume of the works of Aristotle: "…. for these truths hold good for everything that is, and not for some special genus apart from others.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • The fourth, to the giving of the names of Bodies, to Names, or Speeches; as they do that say, that There Be Things Universall; that A Living Creature Is Genus, or A Generall Thing, &c.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • Usually they’d read the plaque that was nailed to its trunk: "Sassafras: family Lauraceae, genus Sassafras, species S. albidum.
    Olive Ann Burns  --  Cold Sassy Tree
  • Genera Epanchin alone determined to depart.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • Genus—unknown; therefore named after the discoverer, and from the happy coincidence of being seen in the evening—Vespertilio Horribilis, Americanus.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • You could put it that way, Mr. Secretary-Genera].
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • There is no doubt of the genus; and I will always maintain that the animal is not of the species, equus.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • Each of these families is divided into several genera, each genus into species, each species into varieties.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • So I was still missing variety, species, genus, and family, but no doubt I would complete my classifying with the aid of Heaven and Commander Farragut.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • Nor would Nelly Wade be so familiar with any of the genus ferae.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • "Genus Balistes, family Scleroderma, order Plectognatha," Conseil muttered.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • It was a magnificent sea otter from the genus Enhydra, the only exclusively marine quadruped.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • In what manner, pray, can a hound distinguish the habits, species, or even the genus of an animal, like reasoning, learned, scientific, triumphant man!
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • And note well, even when one has grasped all this, one still knows next to nothing, because these families are subdivided into genera, subgenera, species, varieties—
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • As for the family in which it would be placed (baleen whale, sperm whale, or dolphin), the genus to which it belonged, and the species in which it would find its proper home, these questions had to be left for later.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • And thereby whalemen distinguish this fish from other tribes of his genus.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Never before have I witnessed such an utter confusion in her laws, or a specimen that so completely bids defiance to the distinctions of class and genera.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • To the genus Pterychtis—yes, I am certain of it.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
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