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het·er·o·ge·ne·ous  audio  (htr--jn-s, -jnys) KEY 

ADJECTIVE:
  1. also het·er·og·e·nous  (ht-rj-ns) KEY  Consisting of dissimilar elements or parts; not homogeneous. See Synonyms at miscellaneous.
  2. Completely different; incongruous.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Medieval Latin heterogeneus, from Greek heterogens : hetero-, hetero- + genos, kind, race; see gen- in Indo-European roots

OTHER FORMS:
heter·o·gene·ous·ly(Adverb), heter·o·gene·ous·ness(Noun)


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