mongrel

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noun mon·grel \ˈmäŋ-grəl, ˈməŋ-\

Definition of mongrel

  1. 1 :  an individual resulting from the interbreeding of diverse breeds (see 2breed 1) or strains (see 1strain 1); especially :  one of unknown ancestry <She owns several dogs, one of which is a mongrel.>

  2. 2 :  a cross between types of persons or things <the cinema is … a mongrel of virtually all the other arts — Gerald Mast>

mongrel

adjective

mongrelization

play \ˌmäŋ-grə-lə-ˈzā-shən, ˌməŋ-\ noun

mongrelize

play \ˈmäŋ-grə-ˌlīz, ˈməŋ-\ transitive verb

Examples of mongrel in a sentence

  1. She owns several dogs, including a mongrel named Stella.

  2. <mongrels often suffer fewer health problems than purebreds>

Origin and Etymology 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


MONGREL Defined for English Language Learners

mongrel

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noun mon·grel \ˈmäŋ-grəl, ˈməŋ-\

Definition of mongrel for English Language Learners

  • : a dog with parents of different breeds


MONGREL Defined for Kids

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mongrel

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noun mon·grel \ˈmäŋ-grəl, ˈməŋ-\

Definition of mongrel for Students

  1. :  an animal of mixed or uncertain origin


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mongrel

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adjective mon·grel

Definition of mongrel for Students

  1. :  of mixed or uncertain origin <a mongrel dog>



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