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spurious

(of a plant part or organ) having the appearance of another part but differing from it in origin, development, or function; false
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My own hand placed it in one of the rouleaux of false half-crowns; and my own hand also directed the spurious coin, when it had been safely packed up, to a certain London dealer who was to be on the lookout for it by the next night's mail.
Before we go on to the story of Hesiod's death, it will be well to inquire how far the "autobiographical" notices can be treated as historical, especially as many critics treat some, or all of them, as spurious.
The spurious prudence, making the senses final, is the god of sots and cowards, and is the subject of all comedy.
The landlady stood there with a spurious smile, sniffing for cooking by stolen gas.
And spurious wisdom: so doth it call all the wit that slaves, and hoary- headed and weary ones affect; and especially all the cunning, spurious- witted, curious-witted foolishness of priests!
The spurious wise, however, all the priests, the world-weary, and those whose souls are of feminine and servile nature--oh, how hath their game all along abused selfishness!
What kind of man is he who entered, with all his sickening cant of honesty and truth, into a bond with me to prevent a marriage he affected to dislike, and when I had redeemed my part to the spirit and the letter, skulked from his, and brought the match about in his own time, to rid himself of a burden he had grown tired of, and cast a spurious lustre on his house?
She also stumbled, with a large balance of success against her failures, through various philanthropic recommendations to Try our Mixture, Try our Family Black, Try our Orange-flavoured Pekoe, challenging competition at the head of Flowery Teas; and various cautions to the public against spurious establishments and adulterated articles.
A carriage at the gate, and Mortimer's man arrives, looking rather like a spurious Mephistopheles and an unacknowledged member of that gentleman's family.
KARACHI -- A large quantity of spurious and expired drugs were recovered in a raid at Medicine Market (Chati Gali) here.
Meanwhile, Kohat Police arrested three alleged smugglers with spurious and unhygienic meat.
There are around 600 pharma industries in the country, he said adding that out of which no one was involved in spurious drugs business, he claimed.