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1. A member of the same kind, class, or group.
2. An organism belonging to the same taxonomic genus as another organism.
3. Chemistry A compound produced in the same process that produces another, often structurally similar compound.

[From Latin, of the same race : com-, com- + genus, gener-, race; see genə- in Indo-European roots.]

con′ge·ner′ic (-nĕr′ĭk), con·gen′er·ous (kən-jĕn′ər-əs, kŏn-) adj.


(kənˈdʒiːnə; ˈkɒndʒɪnə)
1. (Biology) a member of a class, group, or other category, esp any animal of a specified genus
2. (Brewing) a by-product formed in alcoholic drinks during the fermentation process, which largely determines the flavour and colour of the drink
[C18: from Latin, from com- same + genus kind]


(ˈkɒn dʒə nər)

1. a person or thing of the same kind or class as another.
2. an organism that belongs to the same genus as another.
3. a secondary product formed in alcohol during fermentation that largely determines the character of the final liquor.
[1720–30; < Latin: belonging to the same plant family]


a thing or person of the same kind as another.
See also: Relationship
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.congener - a minor chemical constituent that gives a wine or liquor its distinctive character
chemical, chemical substance - material produced by or used in a reaction involving changes in atoms or molecules
2.congener - an animal or plant that bears a relationship to another (as related by common descent or by membership in the same genus)
organism, being - a living thing that has (or can develop) the ability to act or function independently
3.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"
whole, unit - an assemblage of parts that is regarded as a single entity; "how big is that part compared to the whole?"; "the team is a unit"


Something closely resembling or analogous to something else:
References in classic literature ?
In Russia the small Asiatic cockroach has everywhere driven before it its great congener.
Anatomically, it is distinguished from the white whale and the North Cape whale by the seven cervical vertebrae, and it has two more ribs than its congeners.
5] When viewed at a distance, from their manner of walking and colour they resemble pigs: but when seated on their haunches, and attentively watching any object with one eye, they reassume the appearance of their congeners, cavies and rabbits.
Methanol, the most notorious congener, is converted by alcohol dehydrogenase to formaldehyde, which is toxic.
PCB congener # 87 (penta-CB) showed the highest concentration among the 19 PCBs congeners.
Effects of entomopathogenic fungus Beauveria bassiana (Hypocereales:Cordycipitaceae) on biological characteristics and life table parameters of Prynocaria congener (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae), a predator of Aleurodicus disperses and Bemisia tabaci (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae), were studied using three different conidial concentrations under laboratory conditions.
In this article the current levels of PCBs in milk samples from Karachi mothers is reported and PCB-180 was found to be the most abundant congener in milk samples.
However, one congener, active amyl alcohol (see below) and the esters derived from it, are considered to be important, desirable flavor components of beer.
In general, the darker the color of an alcohol, the greater its congener content flanked most to least: brandy, red wine, rum, whisky, white wine, gin, vodka, beer).
As both species are infested by the pre-dispersal seed predator, Apion rostrum Say (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) within the study site, the importance of seed predation as a conflicting variable to seed set of each congener was also studied.