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irregular

1. (of flowers) having any of their parts, esp petals, differing in size, shape, etc.; asymmetric
2. US (of merchandise) not up to the manufacturer's standards or specifications; flawed; imperfect
3. US imperfect or flawed merchandise

irregular

[i′reg·yə·lər]
(botany)
Lacking symmetry, as of a flower having petals unlike in size or shape.
References in classic literature ?
It should be observed that, while the conception of a regular appearance is perfectly precise, the conception of an irregular appearance is one capable of any degree of vagueness.
In considering irregular appearances, there are certain very natural mistakes which must be avoided.
When a mental occurrence can be regarded as an appearance of an object external to the brain, however irregular, or even as a confused appearance of several such objects, then we may regard it as having for its stimulus the object or objects in question, or their appearances at the sense-organ concerned.
It is generally found possible -- by a little artificial compression or expansion on the part of the State physicians -- to make some of the more intelligent leaders of a rebellion perfectly Regular, and to admit them at once into the privileged classes; a much larger number, who are still below the standard, allured by the prospect of being ultimately ennobled, are induced to enter the State Hospitals, where they are kept in honourable confinement for life; one or two alone of the more obstinate, foolish, and hopelessly irregular are led to execution.
There was a desk pushed back against the wall, which the irregular ceiling eloped down to meet behind it, and at my left was a window, which gave a good light on the writing-leaf of my desk.
That powerful poetry was twin-brother to a prose, of more varied, but certainly of wilder and more irregular power than the admirable, the typical, prose of Dryden.
In a hall of irregular shape sat Pete and Maggie drinking beer.
Of the voices, one, and that a pretty loud one’, came from the spouse of the commander himself, who frequently reproached her husband for condescending to lead such an irregular band of warriors, after he had filled the honorable station of sergeant-major to a dashing corps of Virginia cavalry through much of the recent war.
Much of the success of an attack, made by irregular soldiers, depends on the direction in which they are first got in motion.
His motion was swift, and so irregular as utterly to confuse the faculties of the old soldier.
He is irregular in his methods, and a little quick perhaps in jumping at theories, but, on the whole, I think he would have made a most promising officer, and I don't care who knows it.
Rather an irregular proceeding," said Jones, shaking his head.