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  1. a person or thing of the same kind or class as another.
  2. a plant, animal, fungus, etc., belonging to the same genus as another.
  3. Also congeneric. a secondary product formed in alcohol during fermentation that determines largely the character of the final liquor.
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Origin of congener

1720–30; < Latin, equivalent to con- con- + gener- (stem of genus); see genus, general
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Related Words for congener

counterpart, correspondent, relative, match, analogue, analog

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Contemporary Examples of congener

Historical Examples of congener

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for congener


  1. a member of a class, group, or other category, esp any animal of a specified genus
  2. a by-product formed in alcoholic drinks during the fermentation process, which largely determines the flavour and colour of the drink
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Word Origin for congener

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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

congener in Medicine


  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.
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