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spurious


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Spurious  \Spu"ri*ous\,  a.  [L.  spurius.] 
  1.  Not  proceeding  from  the  true  source,  or  from  the  source 
  pretended;  not  genuine;  false;  adulterate. 
 
  2.  Not  legitimate;  bastard;  as  spurious  issue.  ``Her 
  spurious  firstborn.''  --Milton. 
 
  {Spurious  primary},  or  {Spurious  quill}  (Zo["o]l.),  the 
  first  or  outer,  primary  quill  when  rudimentary  or  much 
  reduced  in  size,  as  in  certain  singing  birds. 
 
  {Spurious  wing}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  bastard  wing,  or  alula. 
 
  Syn:  Counterfeit;  false;  adulterate;  supposititious; 
  fictitious;  bastard.  --  {Spu"ri*ous*ly},  adv  -- 
  {Spu"ri*ous*ness},  n. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  spurious 
  adj  1:  plausible  but  false;  "specious  reasoning";  "the  spurious 
  inferences  from  obsolescent  notions  of  causality"- 
  Ethel  Albert  [syn:  {specious}] 
  2:  born  out  of  wedlock;  "the  dominions  of  both  rulers  passed 
  away  to  their  spurious  or  doubtful  offspring"-  E.A.Freeman 
  [syn:  {bastard},  {bastardly},  {misbegot},  {misbegotten},  {natural(a)}] 
  3:  intended  to  deceive;  "a  spurious  work  of  art"  [syn:  {inauthentic}, 
  {unauthentic}] 




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