[ spyoor-ee-uhs ]
/ ˈspyʊər i əs /
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
SYNONYMS FOR spurious
OTHER WORDS FROM spurious
spu·ri·ous·ly, adverbspu·ri·ous·ness, nounnon·spu·ri·ous, adjectivenon·spu·ri·ous·ly, adverb
non·spu·ri·ous·ness, nounun·spu·ri·ous, adjectiveun·spu·ri·ous·ly, adverbun·spu·ri·ous·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for spurious
/ (ˈspjʊərɪəs) /
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
Derived forms of spuriousspuriously, adverbspuriousness, noun
Word Origin for spurious
C17: from Latin spurius of illegitimate birth
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Medical definitions for spurious
[ spyur′ē-əs ]
Similar in appearance or symptoms but unrelated in morphology or pathology; false.
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