mongrelism

mongrel

[muhng-gruhl, mong-]
noun
1.
a dog of mixed or indeterminate breed.
2.
any animal or plant resulting from the crossing of different breeds or varieties.
3.
any cross between different things, especially if inharmonious or indiscriminate.
adjective
4.
of mixed breed, nature, or origin; of or like a mongrel.

Origin:
1425–75; late Middle English (once): heraldic term for a type of dog; equivalent to mong(e) mixture (Old English gemang; cf. mingle) + -rel

mongrelism, mongrelness, noun
mongrelly, adverb


1. mutt. 2. cross, half-breed. See hybrid.


2. thoroughbred, purebred.
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mongrel (ˈmʌŋɡrəl)
 
n
1.  a plant or animal, esp a dog, of mixed or unknown breeding; a crossbreed or hybrid
2.  taboo a person of mixed race
3.  (Austral), (NZ) sport toughness and physical aggression: a tall southpaw with plenty of mongrel
 
adj
4.  of mixed origin, breeding, character, etc
 
[C15: from obsolete mong mixture; compare Old English gemong a mingling]
 
'mongrelism
 
n
 
'mongrelly
 
adj

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mongrel
late 15c., "mixed breed dog," from obs. mong "mixture," from O.E. gemong "mingling" (base of among), from P.Gmc. *mong- "mix." With pejorative suffix (cf. wastrel). Meaning "person not of pure race" is from 1540s.
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