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spurious

[ spyoor-ee-uhs ]
/ ˈspyʊər i əs /
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adjective
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.
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Origin of spurious

1590–1600; <Latin spurius bastard, perhaps <Etruscan; see -ous

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British Dictionary definitions for spurious

spurious
/ (ˈspjʊərɪəs) /

adjective
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; falsea spurious fruit
(of radiation) produced at an undesired frequency by a transmitter, causing interference, etc
rare illegitimate

Derived forms of spurious

spuriously, adverbspuriousness, noun

Word Origin for spurious

C17: from Latin spurius of illegitimate birth
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Medical definitions for spurious

spurious
[ spyurē-əs ]

adj.
Similar in appearance or symptoms but unrelated in morphology or pathology; false.
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