Genos; 1 Definition(s)

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Genos means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Hinduism

General definition (in Hinduism)

Genos (‘race’; γένος).—This word -genos - is one that, in some of its uses, has no comfortable equivalent in present-day English. In the translation of lines 190 and 191 above, I have rendered it by English ‘genes’ (and not only forthe etymological connection). It is a word of great antiquity, existing already in Proto-Indo-European *ĝenh,-os, leaving descendants not only in Greek, but in Latin (genus ‘birth, origin, race, class’) and Sanskrit (janas- ‘race’) as well.

(Source): Cambridge Companion to Greek Mythology: Hesiod and Greek Myth

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