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conger

[kong-ger] /ˈkɒŋ gər/
noun
1.
a large marine eel, Conger conger, sometimes reaching a length of 10 feet (3 meters), used for food.
2.
any other eel of the family Congridae.
Also called conger eel.
Origin of conger
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English kunger, congre < Old French congre < Latin conger < Greek góngros sea-eel, gnarl, protuberance
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  • A northern name for the conger; from the Danish hav-aal, or sea-eel.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • “I may either get a conger or a good hake,” he thought to himself.

    A Terrible Coward George Manville Fenn
  • "I've heard of a chap who got into trouble with a conger eel that way," he said.

    The Boy With the U. S. Fisheries Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • Was it down here, Bob, down on the left, that you found the conger?

    Devon Boys George Manville Fenn
  • Why, our Will would tackle any conger as ever swam about a rock.

    Menhardoc George Manville Fenn
  • Expected to find a conger, then, and wanted the hammer to knock it down.

    Sappers and Miners George Manville Fenn
  • It arn't a conger, or he'd begin to cut about now and shake his head to get riddy of the hook.

    Yule Logs Various
  • How delicious the baked hake was, and how luscious the conger pie!

    Yule Logs Various
  • An exciting game is on record, but the sensations of the conger are unknown.

    Cornish Saints and Sinners J. Henry Harris
British Dictionary definitions for conger

conger

/ˈkɒŋɡə/
noun
1.
any large marine eel of the family Congridae, esp Conger conger, occurring in temperate and tropical coastal waters
Word Origin
C14: from Old French congre, from Latin conger, from Greek gongros sea eel
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Word Origin and History for conger
n.

c.1300, from Latin conger "sea-eel," from Greek gongros "conger," probably from PIE root *geng-, *gong- "a lump, rounded object."

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