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.

Origin of conger

1250–1300; Middle English kunger, congre < Old French congre < Latin conger < Greek góngros sea-eel, gnarl, protuberance
Also called conger eel. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for conger

Contemporary Examples of conger

  • But he said he believes that both Wehby and Conger would have a tough time knocking off incumbent Sen. Jeff Merkley in November.

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    Is This the Democrats’ War on Women?

    Patricia Murphy

    May 19, 2014

Historical Examples of conger

  • Then the old man made an effort to wriggle himself into a sitting position, but a light tap with the conger bat sent him down.

    Cormorant Crag

    George Manville Fenn

  • He viewed the conger eel and limpets with an avid eye, but waited for the chevalier and de Mauprat to sit.

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

  • The two men looked at each other; Conger, thin, unkempt, the Speaker immaculate in his uniform.

    The Skull

    Philip K. Dick

  • I therefore replied to Mrs. Conger's letter in the ordinary way, making it as formal as possible.

    Two Years in the Forbidden City

    The Princess Der Ling

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 for conger

C14: from Old French congre, from Latin conger, from Greek gongros sea eel
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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