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


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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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