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See also: ĝenu



Borrowing from Latin genu ‎(knee).


genu ‎(plural genua)

  1. (anatomy, zoology) knee
  2. A knee-like bend.

Derived terms[edit]



From Proto-Indo-European *ǵónu.



genū n ‎(genitive genūs); fourth declension

  1. knee


Fourth declension neuter.

Case Singular Plural
nominative genū genua
genitive genūs genuum
dative genū genibus
accusative genū genua
ablative genū genibus
vocative genū genua

Derived terms[edit]


  • genu in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • genu in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • GENU in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883–1887)
  • genu in Félix Gaffiot (1934), Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Paris: Hachette.
  • Meissner, Carl; Auden, Henry William (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • (ambiguous) the male, female sex: sexus (not genus) virilis, muliebris
    • (ambiguous) to choose a career, profession: genus vitae (vivendi) or aetatis degendae deligere
    • (ambiguous) to analyse a general division into its specific parts: genus universum in species certas partiri et dividere (Or. 33. 117)
    • (ambiguous) to transplant to Rome one of the branches of poesy: poesis genus ad Romanos transferre
    • (ambiguous) style: genus dicendi (scribendi); oratio
    • (ambiguous) elevated, moderate, plain style: genus dicendi grave or grande, medium, tenue (cf. Or. 5. 20; 6. 21)
    • (ambiguous) a running style: fusum orationis genus
    • (ambiguous) a rough, unpolished style: inconditum dicendi genus (Brut. 69. 242)
    • (ambiguous) a bombastic style: inflatum orationis genus
    • (ambiguous) to adopt the language of everyday life: accedere ad cotidiani sermonis genus