Spurious

Spu"ri*ous

(sp"r*s), a. [L. spurius.] 1. Not proceeding from the true source, or from the source pretended; not genuine; counterfeit; false; adulterate.
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2. Not legitimate; bastard; as, spurious issue. "Her spurious firstborn." Milton.
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Spurious primary, or Spurious quill (Zol.), the first, or outer, primary quill when rudimentary or much reduced in size, as in certain singing birds. -- Spurious wing (Zol.), the bastard wing, or alula.
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Syn. -- Counterfeit; false; adulterate; supposititious; fictitious; bastard.
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-- Spu"ri*ous*ly, adv. -- Spu"ri*ous*ness, n.
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