From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Genesis \Gen"e*sis\, n. [L., from Gr. ge`nesis, fr. the root of
   gi`gnesqai to beget, be born; akin to L. genus birth, race.
   See Gender.]
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   1. The act of producing, or giving birth or origin to
      anything; the process or mode of originating; production;
      formation; origination.
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            The origin and genesis of poor Sterling's club.
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   2. The first book of the Old Testament; -- so called by the
      Greek translators, from its containing the history of the
      creation of the world and of the human race.
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   3. (Geom.) Same as Generation. Genet
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