Definition of congeneric in US English:



  • 1(of an animal or plant species) belonging to the same genus.

    ‘this animal is congeneric with the later species’
    • ‘Many of the organisms are congeneric with species known from Southern Hemisphere fossil localities in New Zealand and South America.’
    • ‘These observations provided convincing evidence that the two taxa are congeneric, both characterized by a bifurcate ventral lobe.’
    • ‘Three decapod species are congeneric with extant species known from outer shelf and slope habitats documenting an onshore-offshore pattern of ecological preference.’
    • ‘The two Asian species clearly are congeneric with one another, but not with B. drabensis.’
    • ‘These levels of divergence are greater than those reported previously for congeneric species in diverse invertebrate taxa, including crustaceans.’
    1. 1.1 Of a related nature or origin.
      ‘the two sets were congeneric’
      • ‘In this study, two types of measurement models were assessed, namely one-factor congeneric models and multi-factor models.’
      • ‘Equations for computing weights that maximize the reliability of a test with multiple parts were derived using a congeneric model.’
      • ‘Comparing fit indices, the tan equivalent model is not significantly worse than the congeneric model, and the parallel form model is not significantly worse than the tan equivalent model.’


Mid 17th century: from Latin congener (see congener) + -ic.