het·​er·​og·​e·​nous | \ ˌhe-tə-ˈrä-jə-nəs How to pronounce heterogenous (audio) \

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Recent Examples on the Web Throughout the album, Mr. Phillips can be heard rendering these varied cultural signals into a heterogenous work of art — but one that has a coherence the world often lacks. Seth Colter Walls, New York Times, "In the Wake of Ferguson, a Style-Blurring Album," 20 Nov. 2020 Radicals need moderates to wield power in a giant heterogenous country with sclerotic institutions and deep wells of reaction. Michelle Goldberg, Star Tribune, "Leftists and moderates, stop fighting. You need one another.," 18 Nov. 2020 Bose suggests one explanation for the contradictory results: Each piece samples a different bit of a heterogenous rock, which may have experienced different levels of alteration by water and heat. Joshua Sokol, Science | AAAS, "An unusual meteorite, more valuable than gold, may hold the building blocks of life," 13 Aug. 2020 Counterinsurgencies are more difficult in ethnically heterogenous societies. Adam Wunische, The New Republic, "The Real Costs of the War in Afghanistan," 27 Sep. 2019 The choir’s heterogenous concerts don’t arrive seamlessly. David Patrick Stearns, Philly.com, "The Crossing's Month of Moderns is back for another ambitious round," 31 May 2018 The community proceeds untroubled by matters of diversity and its members may even condescend to racists elsewhere who live in more heterogenous surroundings. Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, "N.C. Wyeth painted the world full of beauty, resilience and adventure. And full of white people.," 3 July 2019 Moreover, Hughes also establishes just how deep the Greek roots of the settlement called Byzantion went, and how heterogenous the Hellenic frontier town of the seventh century B.C. probably was. Lawrence Osborne, New York Times, "A City Where East Meets West and the Past Is Always Present," 4 Jan. 2018 For the century after the Civil War, both the Republican and Democratic parties were ideologically heterogenous. Jeet Heer, New Republic, "Divorce Conservatism From the Republican Party," 20 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of heterogenous

1695, in the meaning defined above

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“Heterogenous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heterogenous. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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het·​er·​og·​e·​nous | \ ˌhet-ə-ˈräj-ə-nəs How to pronounce heterogenous (audio) \

Medical Definition of heterogenous

1 : originating in an outside source especially : derived from another species heterogenous bone grafts

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