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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (1)

1. family based on male descent;
- Example: "he had no sons and there was no one to carry on his name"
[syn: name, gens]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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. [1913 Webster] 2. (Ethnol.) A minor subdivision of a tribe, among American aborigines. It includes those who have a common descent, and bear the same totem. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

gens n 1: family based on male descent; "he had no sons and there was no one to carry on his name" [syn: name, gens]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

48 Moby Thesaurus words for "gens": animal kingdom, ashram, blood, body, breed, brood, caste, clan, class, colony, commonwealth, commune, community, deme, economic class, endogamous group, extended family, family, folk, house, kind, kinship group, line, lineage, matriclan, moiety, nation, nuclear family, order, patriclan, people, phratria, phratry, phyle, plant kingdom, race, sept, settlement, social class, society, species, stem, stirps, stock, strain, subcaste, totem, tribe
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

GENS. A word used by the Romans to represent race and nation. 1 Tho. Co. Litt. 259, n. 13. In the French law, it is used to signify people or nations, as Droit des Gens, the law of nations.