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mongrel

Noun

1 derogatory term for a variation that is not genuine; something irregular or inferior or of dubious origin; "the architecture was a kind of bastard suggesting Gothic but not true Gothic" [syn: bastard]
2 an inferior dog or one of mixed breed [syn: cur, mutt]

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Noun

  1. Someone of mixed kind or uncertain origin, especially a dog.
    That dog is a mongrel, who knows what breed it could be!

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Mongrel refers to mixed ancestry:
  • Among pets, one whose parentage is of unknown or mixed breeds as opposed to purebred
  • Among dogs, this is also called a mutt or a mixed-breed dog. Owners of mixed-breeds in the USA refer to their dogs as "All American" when involved in competitive sports.
  • A mongrel cat is referred to as a moggy in Australia and the United Kingdom.
  • "Mongrel" is a derogatory epithet in Australia. It is generally used to refer to an ill-bred man; a man of poor manners or morals.

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