conger eel

con·ger eel

noun \ˈkäŋ-gər-\

Definition of CONGER EEL

:  a large strictly marine scaleless eel (Conger oceanicus) of the Atlantic; broadly :  any of various related eels (family Congridae)

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Origin of CONGER EEL

Middle English congre, from Anglo-French, from Latin congr-, conger, probably from Greek gongros
First Known Use: 1602

conger eel

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of about 100 species of marine eels (family Congridae) with no scales, a large head, large gill slits, a wide mouth, and strong teeth. Conger eels are usually grayish to blackish, with a paler belly and black-edged fins. Found in all oceans, sometimes in deep water, they may grow about 6 ft (1.8 m) long. Conger eels are carnivores. Many species, such as the European conger (Conger conger), are valued as food. The American conger, or sea eel (C. oceanicus), is a fierce game fish.


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