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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.
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(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]
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(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]
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a thing or person of the same kind as another.
See also: Relationship
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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"
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Something closely resembling or analogous to something else:
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In Russia the small Asiatic cockroach has everywhere driven before it its great congener. One species of charlock will supplant another, and so in other cases.
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. The unfortunate cetacean was lying on its side, riddled with holes from the bites, and quite dead.
[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.
The retention time window were established through five injections of 19 PCBs standard congeners over a period of 72 h and the retention time was recorded for each congener to three decimal places [38].
Based on the concentrations and water quantity, the average contribution of each PCB congener was calculated and listed in Table 1.
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.
We now know how fusel oil, the major congener, is made.
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).
Weevil selection of pods for oviposition, and oviposition activity, as well as the intensity of post-dispersal seed predation, seed viability, and seedling survival, have not been studied for either congener and would provide greater insight into the adaptive dynamics of the legumes in a tallgrass environment.