not genuine, authentic, or true; not from the claimed, pretended, or proper source; counterfeit.
Biology. (of two or more parts, plants, etc.) having a similar appearance but a different structure.
of illegitimate birth; bastard.
- spu·ri·ous·ly, adverb
- spu·ri·ous·ness, noun
- non·spu·ri·ous, adjective
- non·spu·ri·ous·ly, adverb
- non·spu·ri·ous·ness, noun
- un·spu·ri·ous, adjective
- un·spu·ri·ous·ly, adverb
- un·spu·ri·ous·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for spurious
not genuine or real
(of a plant part or organ) having the appearance of another part but differing from it in origin, development, or function; false: a spurious fruit
(of radiation) produced at an undesired frequency by a transmitter, causing interference, etc
- spuriously, adverb
- spuriousness, noun
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