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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR MONGREL

I have my eye on a mongrel in Somerstown who keeps three boys.

These mongrel people will fight for their women when they will fight for nothing else.

They are not so band-boxy as they were, but remind me of an old, mongrel dog I once owned.

You have only to stand up to them, and they curl up like mongrel curs.

Fertility of Varieties when crossed, and of their Mongrel offspring.

A mongrel and anomalous species like the German Meerkatzen—monkey-cats.

The mongrel dog that bites the hand that feeds it is your superior.

You can't be a little American mongrel any more; not until I'm dead, anyway.

The home has a mongrel dog which is called Prince, and all the family love it.

On the gravel in front of the house lay the mongrel Bob, blinking lazily.

WORD ORIGIN

late 15c., "mixed-breed dog," from obsolete mong "mixture," from Old English gemong "mingling" (base of among), from Proto-Germanic *mangjan "to knead together" (see mingle). With pejorative suffix -rel. Meaning "person not of pure race" is from 1540s. As an adjective from 1570s.

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adjectiveillegitimate

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nounanimal of mixed breed
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