- an animal or plant produced by the crossing of different breeds or varieties; esp., a dog of this kind
- anything produced by indiscriminate mixture
Origin: ME mengrell < base of OE mengan, to mix + dim. suffix -rel as in cockerel: form infl. by ME mong, aphetic < OE gemong, mixture: see among
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- An animal or a plant resulting from various interbreedings, especially a dog of mixed or undetermined breed.
- A cross between different breeds, groups, or varieties, especially a mixture that is or appears to be incongruous.
Origin: Middle English, probably from mong, mixture, from Old English gemang; see mag- in Indo-European roots.
- mon·grelˈism noun
- monˈgrel·ly adverb