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Re: Virus (was Mesozoic Diseases)

There were also a few nouns in ­us that were feminine
in gender: I think elm tree was one,
hence the botanical binomial Ulmus americana.

All trees were feminine (because there were nymphs or dryads or something in them) and are treated as such in botanical nomenclature.

WARNING: ending in ­us isn¹t a 100% guarantee that a noun is second
declension. I have already included in this post an example of a Latin noun
ending ­us in the nominative and accusative singular which is a THIRD
declension neuter (with a longer stem in the plural).

That is genus, stem gener- not just in the plural but in all cases except nominative singular, accusative singular, and vocative singular. Other examples are lepus, lepor- "hare", mus, mur- "mouse", and ius, iur- "1. law/right, 2. soup/juice".

There is also a whole declension class where nouns end in -us but are feminine. Examples: salus, salut- "hail", palus, palud- "swamp".