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mon·grel  audio  (mnggrl, mng-) KEY 

NOUN:
  1. An animal or a plant resulting from various interbreedings, especially a dog of mixed or undetermined breed.
  2. A cross between different breeds, groups, or varieties, especially a mixture that is or appears to be incongruous.
ADJECTIVE:
Of mixed origin or character.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English, probably from mong, mixture, from Old English gemang; see mag- in Indo-European roots

OTHER FORMS:
mon·grelism(Noun), mongrel·ly(Adverb)


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