any of a family (Congridae, order Anguilliformes) of large saltwater eels
, with a long dorsal fin
, sharp teeth, and powerful jaws
; esp., any of an edible genus (Conger
) of eels
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Word origin of 'conger (eel)'ME < OFr congre < LL congrus, for L conger < Gr gongros, conger, prob. < IE base *geng-, *gong-, a lump, rounded object