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conger

[kong-ger]
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noun
  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.
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Origin of conger

1250–1300; Middle English kunger, congre < Old French congre < Latin conger < Greek góngros sea-eel, gnarl, protuberance
Also called conger eel.
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  • 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.

    Menhardoc

    George Manville Fenn


British Dictionary definitions for conger

conger

noun
  1. any large marine eel of the family Congridae, esp Conger conger, occurring in temperate and tropical coastal waters
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Word Origin

C14: from Old French congre, from Latin conger, from Greek gongros sea eel
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Word Origin and History for conger

n.

c.1300, from Latin conger "sea-eel," from Greek gongros "conger," probably from PIE root *geng-, *gong- "a lump, rounded object."

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