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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Gens  \Gens\  (j[e^]nz),  n.;  pl  {Gentes}  (j[e^]n"t[=e]z).  [L.  See 
  {Gentle},  a.]  (Rom.  Hist.) 
  1.  A  clan  or  family  connection,  embracing  several  families  of 
  the  same  stock,  who  had  a  common  name  and  certain  common 
  religious  rites;  a  subdivision  of  the  Roman  curia  or 
  tribe. 
 
  2.  (Ethnol.)  A  minor  subdivision  of  a  tribe,  among  American 
  aborigines.  It  includes  those  who  have  a  common  descent, 
  and  bear  the  same  totem. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  gens 
  n  :  family  based  on  male  descent;  "he  had  no  sons  and  there  was 
  no  one  to  carry  on  his  name"  [syn:  {name}] 




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