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[kon-juh-ner] /ˈkɒn dʒə nər/
a person or thing of the same kind or class as another.
a plant, animal, fungus, etc., belonging to the same genus as another.
Also, congeneric. a secondary product formed in alcohol during fermentation that determines largely the character of the final liquor.
Origin of congener
1720-30; < Latin, equivalent to con- con- + gener- (stem of genus); see genus, general Unabridged
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  • Its geographical range is more extensive than that of its congener.

  • It is more dependent on shade and moisture than its congener.

    Our British Snails John William Horsley
  • The bird is noisy and tuneful in the twilight like his American congener.

    Fresh Fields

    John Burroughs
  • He is not a climber and a haunter of the woods, like his congener.

    The Desert World Arthur Mangin
  • Like its congener, A. fornax is reported only from the hotter parts of Texas.

    The Butterfly Book William Jacob Holland
  • It is probable that he devotes more hours to his toil than his American congener.

    The Bird Jules Michelet
  • Its bill, also, is smaller and less powerful than that of its congener.

    The Young Yagers Mayne Reid
  • It has a strong, clear warble, which at once suggests the song of its congener.

    Wake-Robin John Burroughs
  • Unlike its congener, the Skylark, this bird is limited to certain localities in our islands.

British Dictionary definitions for congener


/kənˈdʒiːnə; ˈkɒndʒɪnə/
a member of a class, group, or other category, esp any animal of a specified genus
a by-product formed in alcoholic drinks during the fermentation process, which largely determines the flavour and colour of the drink
Word Origin
C18: from Latin, from com- same + genus kind
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Word Origin and History for congener

1730s, from French congénère (16c.), from Latin congener "of the same race or kind," from com- "together" (see com-) + gener-, stem of genus "kind" (see genus).

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congener in Medicine

congener con·ge·ner (kŏn'jə-nər)

  1. A member of the same kind, class, or group.

  2. An organism of the same taxonomic genus as another organism.

  3. One of two or more muscles having the same function.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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