1A thing or person of the same kind or category as another.
- Must I turn a blind eye to the tears caused by those who call themselves - and are to some degree - my congeners, even if they too are survivors of Auschwitz?
- Its congener is a report on Taino Indian beliefs, produced for Christopher Columbus by Ramón Pané, a Catalan friar on the island of Hispaniola.
- No one is my congener.
1.1An animal or plant of the same genus as another: these birds or their congeners may be found in East Africa
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- Although its higher taxonomy remains controversial, E. texana has been placed in the family Limnadiidae with two other genera and 15 congeners.
- For example, along the subtidal to intertidal gradient, species replacements are common, and there are many examples of one species in a genus replacing a congener over relatively small vertical ranges where thermal gradients exist.
- Most studies of interspecific competition consider sympatric congeners because it is assumed that closely related species tend to compete more strongly.
2A minor chemical constituent, especially one that gives a distinctive character to a wine or liquor or is responsible for some of its physiological effects.
- The lower the strength of the raw brandy, the richer it will be in the delicious, fruity, hangover-inducing congeners which provide all spirits with their fundamental character.
- Highest in congeners are drink spirits such as whiskey, scotch, bourbon, port and brandy.
- The darker the drink, the more congeners and other hangover-causing substances you'll imbibe, so tread warily around ports and heavy red wines.
Mid 18th century: from Latin, from con- 'together with' + genus, gener- 'race, stock'.
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