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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Illustration of conger eel

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

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The first known use of conger eel was in 1602

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“Conger eel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

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