• WordNet 3.6
    • n congener a whole (a thing or person) of the same kind or category as another "lard was also used, though its congener, butter, was more frequently employed","the American shopkeeper differs from his European congener"
    • n congener an animal or plant that bears a relationship to another (as related by common descent or by membership in the same genus)
    • n congener a minor chemical constituent that gives a wine or liquor its distinctive character
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Congener A thing of the same genus, species, or kind; a thing allied in nature, character, or action. "The cherry tree has been often grafted on the laurel, to which it is a congener .""Our elk is more polygamous in his habits than any other deer except his congener , the red deer of Europe."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • congener Of the same genus or kind; congeneric.
    • n congener A thing of the same kind as. or nearly allied to, another; specifically, in botany and zoology, a plant or an animal belonging to the same genus as another or to one nearly allied.
    • n congener In anatomy, a muscle which acts with another in producing the same movement.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Congener kon′je-nėr or kon-jē′nėr a person or thing of the same kind or nature
    • adj Congener akin
    • n Congener kon′je-nėr or kon-jē′nėr, a person or thing of the same kind or nature
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From L. congener,. See Congenerous
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—con, with, and genus, generis, kind.


In literature:

House-martins are distinguished from their congeners by having their legs covered with soft downy feathers down to their toes.
"The Natural History of Selborne, Vol. 2" by Gilbert White
Some have asserted that this species is more fierce than its Indian congener, and could not be domesticated.
"The Bush Boys" by Captain Mayne Reid
It is printed of a warm tint, and is as effective as its congeners.
"The Stamps of Canada" by Bertram Poole
Congener: a species belonging to the same genus.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
However, as neither a bear nor any of his congeners had appeared since the last encounter Godfrey began to gather confidence.
"Godfrey Morgan" by Jules Verne
The common deer, therefore, inhabits a greater area than any of his congeners, and is altogether the best-known animal of his kind.
"The Hunters' Feast" by Mayne Reid
In regard to food, the Polar bear differs altogether from his congeners.
"Quadrupeds, What They Are and Where Found" by Mayne Reid
To the ordinary observer the Indian skylark is indistinguishable from its European congener.
"Birds of the Indian Hills" by Douglas Dewar
It is equally obnoxious to fairies and their congeners.
"The Science of Fairy Tales" by Edwin Sidney Hartland
The Russian diplomatist has all the softness and suavity of his Asiatic congeners.
"Historic Tales, Vol. 8 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
Such is the local folk-tale; and it has its congeners in Celtic and even in Hindu myth.
"Legends & Romances of Brittany" by Lewis Spence
Mr. Selby in his "Ornithology" says, "In daring disposition, this bird equals most of its congeners.
"Natural History in Anecdote" by Various
This handsome little bird resembles its congeners so closely, both in structure and habits, that it scarcely needs a lengthened description.
"British Birds in their Haunts" by Rev. C. A. Johns
Yet, while shunned as near neighbours, it appears certain that the vultures perform services of value to their nobler congener.
"Wild Spain (España agreste)" by Abel Chapman
For the same reason we already find in Hindoo tradition the beneficent ass and his evil-doing congener.
"Zoological Mythology, Volume I (of 2)" by Angelo de Gubernatis
Defectus isti congeniti esse possunt vel ex morbo aut vulnere.
"Essays In Pastoral Medicine" by Austin ÓMalley
It is in this way that the granites and their congeners have been raised up into their present elevations.
"The American Indians" by Henry R. Schoolcraft
That lesson the rulers of China could not learn, any more than their European congeners.
"The Evolution of States" by J. M. Robertson
It is in this way that the granites and their congeners have been raised up into their present elevations.
"Western Scenes and Reminiscences" by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft
It is to be feared that a similar fate will one day befall it as has, apparently, already befallen its congener from the Chatham Islands.
"Trees. A Woodland Notebook" by Herbert Maxwell

In news:

Drink clear liquors over colored ones: darker alcohol like bourbon or red wine contain more congeners, a substance that help contribute to hangovers .

In science:

They found the emission to be much more subdued in Herbig Ae/Be stars than their cooler congeners, the T Tauri stars.
The narrow, inner CO ring around the magnetic Herbig Ae star, HD 101412