[ kon-juh-ner ]
See synonyms for congener on
  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.

  1. 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

Words Nearby congener Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use congener in a sentence

  • Its song and habits are similar to those of its eastern congener.

    Birds of the Rockies | Leander Sylvester Keyser
  • He is well paid and holds his position, whatever it may be, by a less precarious tenure than his American congener.

  • Its congener exhibits a mixture of brown and yellow, more suitable to its sandy lairs.

    The Desert World | Arthur Mangin
  • Unlike its congener, the Skylark, this bird is limited to certain localities in our islands.

  • The habits of the House Cricket (Gryllus domesticus) are nocturnal, like those of its congener of the fields.

    The Insect World | Louis Figuier

British Dictionary definitions for congener


/ (kənˈdʒiːnə, ˈkɒndʒɪnə) /

  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

Origin of congener

C18: from Latin, from com- same + genus kind

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