conger eel


con·​ger eel ˈkäŋ-gər- How to pronounce conger eel (audio)
: a large strictly marine scaleless eel (Conger oceanicus) of the Atlantic
broadly : any of various related eels (family Congridae)

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Examples of conger eel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web From the sea, try South American king crab, snook-and-hake ceviche, conger eel, choritos (mussels), and oysters. Nora Walsh, Travel + Leisure, 5 June 2023 Munitions and nerve agents from World War II are scattered throughout the ocean; Scales notes that blackbelly rosefish and European conger eel off the Italian coast have been found to contain high levels of arsenic, a residue of the chemical agent lewisite. Benjamin Shull, The Christian Science Monitor, 7 July 2021

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Word History


Middle English congre, from Anglo-French, from Latin congr-, conger, probably from Greek gongros

First Known Use

1602, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of conger eel was in 1602

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“Conger eel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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