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What is a generic term?

 

Definition
 

A generic term is a noun or noun phrase that refers to

 
  • a whole class, or
  • any member of a class as a representative of its class.
Examples (English)
 
  • A lion is a noble beast.
  • The lion is a noble beast.
  • Lions are noble beasts.
  • The lions are noble beasts.

    Source:

    Hawkins, J. 1978 214

Generic
  A generic term is a kind of
 
Sources
 

Crystal 1985 136

 

Mish 1991 510

 

Hawkins, J. 1978 214–215


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