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Saturday, June 09, 2018

Definitions for congeries

  1. a collection of items or parts in one mass; assemblage; aggregation; heap: From the airplane the town resembled a congeries of tiny boxes.

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Citations for congeries
... each bud has a leaf, which is its lungs, appropriated to it, and the bark of the tree is a congeries of the roots of these individual buds ... Erasmus Darwin, "The Loves of Plants," The Botanic Garden, 1791
He further emptied the valise, lifting out a queer-looking congeries of glass cells and coils to which the wire from the helmet was attached, and delivering a fire of running comment too technical for me to follow yet apparently quite plausible and straightforward. Hazel Heald and H. P. Lovecraft, "The Horror in the Museum," Weird Tales, July 1933
Origin of congeries
1610-1620
English congeries comes directly from the Latin noun congeriēs “collection, pile, heap,” a derivative of the verb congerere “to collect, amass.” Congeries is a singular noun in Latin as it has always been in English. In the mid-19th century a new singular arose in English, congery, a back formation from congeries. Congeries entered English in the 17th century.