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 (mŏng′grəl, mŭng′-)
1. An animal or plant resulting from various interbreedings, especially a dog of mixed or undetermined breed.
2. Offensive A person of mixed background or descent.
3. Something that is a mixture or combination of elements: "Purists ... object that bordeaux is a mongrel because it mixes two, three or four grape varieties" (Hugh Johnson).
1. Of mixed origin or character: "English has always been a mongrel tongue, a hybrid of arriving idioms" (Mark Abley).
2. Offensive Being a person of mixed background or descent.
3. Being a mongrel organism.

[Middle English, probably from mong, mixture, from Old English gemang; see mag- in Indo-European roots.]

mon·grel′ism n.
mon′grel·ly adv.
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the state or quality of being a mixed breed. — mongrelization, n. — mongrely, adj.
See also: Dogs
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