Spurious primary
Spurious Spu"ri*ous (sp[=u]"r[i^]*[u^]s), a. [L. spurius.] 1. Not proceeding from the true source, or from the source pretended; not genuine; counterfeit; false; adulterate. [1913 Webster]

2. Not legitimate; bastard; as, spurious issue. ``Her spurious firstborn.'' --Milton. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Counterfeit; false; adulterate; supposititious; fictitious; bastard. [1913 Webster] -- {Spu"ri*ous*ly}, adv. -- {Spu"ri*ous*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]


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