noun \ˈmäŋ-grəl, ˈməŋ-\

: a dog with parents of different breeds

Full Definition of MONGREL

:  an individual resulting from the interbreeding of diverse breeds or strains; especially :  one of unknown ancestry
:  a cross between types of persons or things
mongrel adjective
mon·grel·i·za·tion \ˌmäŋ-grə-lə-ˈzā-shən, ˌməŋ-\ noun
mon·grel·ize \ˈmäŋ-grə-ˌlīz, ˈməŋ-\ transitive verb

Examples of MONGREL

  1. She owns several dogs, including a mongrel named Stella.
  2. <mongrels often suffer fewer health problems than purebreds>

Origin of MONGREL

Middle English, probably from mong mixture, short for ymong, from Old English gemong crowd — more at among
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Genetics Terms

chimera, hermaphrodite, plasticity


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