congener

noun
con·​ge·​ner | \ ˈkän-jə-nər, kən-ˈjē- \

Definition of congener

1 : a member of the same taxonomic genus as another plant or animal
2 : a person, organism, or thing resembling another in nature or action the New England private schools and their congeners west of the Alleghenies— Oliver La Farge
3 : a chemical substance related to another

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Other Words from congener

congeneric \ ˌkän-​jə-​ˈner-​ik \ adjective
congenerous \ kən-​ˈjē-​nə-​rəs , -​ˈje-​nə-​, (ˌ)kän-​ \ adjective

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Stick to clear booze; darker spirits like whisky have more congeners in them. Liz Krieger, Harper's BAZAAR, "How To Prevent and Survive a Hangover," 23 Nov. 2016 This is to separate the alcohol and congeners (at this point, called low wines) from the mash. Francine Maroukian, Popular Mechanics, "How They Make Rye Whiskey the Right Way," 23 Mar. 2016

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First Known Use of congener

circa 1736, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for congener

Latin, of the same kind, from com- + gener-, genus kind — more at kin

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congener

noun
con·​ge·​ner | \ ˈkän-jə-nər, kən-ˈjē- \
variants: also cogener \ ˈkō-​ˌjē-​nər , kō-​ˈ \

Medical Definition of congener

1 : a member of the same taxonomic genus as another plant or animal
2 : a chemical substance related to another tetracycline and its congeners

Other Words from congener

congeneric \ ˌkän-​jə-​ˈner-​ik \ adjective

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