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n. (used with a sing. verb)
A collection; an aggregation: "Our city, it should be explained, is two cities, or more—an urban mass or congeries divided by the river" (John Updike).
[Latin congeriēs, from congerere, to heap up; see congest.]
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(functioning as singular or plural) a collection of objects or ideas; mass; heap
[C17: from Latin, from congerere to pile up, from gerere to carry]
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con•ge•ries(kɒnˈdʒɪər iz, ˈkɒn dʒə riz)
n. (used with a sing. or pl. v.)
a collection of items or parts in one mass; assemblage; aggregation; heap.
[1610–20; < Latin: a heap =conger(ere) to collect, heap up (con- con- + gerere to bear, carry) + -iēs n. suffix; compare series]
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congeries- A Latin word meaning "heap or pile of disparate items" or "disorderly collection."
See also related terms for heap.
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Congeriesa collection of particles, parts, or things; a heap; a group of things heaped together.
Examples: congeries of ballads; of furniture shops; of repugnant affections, 1619; of rocks, 1793; of dead and stupid matter, 1679; of towers, halls, churches, and chambers, 1875; of stars, 1849; of watery particles, 1725.
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|Noun||1.||congeries - a sum total of many heterogenous things taken together|
plankton - the aggregate of small plant and animal organisms that float or drift in great numbers in fresh or salt water
nekton - the aggregate of actively swimming animals in a body of water ranging from microscopic organisms to whales
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