1. a large marine eel, Conger conger, sometimes reaching a length of 10 feet (3 meters), used for food.
  2. 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. 2018

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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    Patricia Murphy

    May 19, 2014

Historical Examples of conger

  • 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.

  • 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.


    George Manville Fenn

British Dictionary definitions for conger


  1. 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