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heterogeneous

adjective     /ˌhet.ər.əˈdʒiː.ni.əs/ US  /ˌhet̬.ə.roʊ-/ formal
consisting of parts or things that are very different from each other: Switzerland is a heterogeneous confederation of 26 self-governing cantons. → Compare homogeneousDifferent and difference heterogeneity     /ˌhet.ər.ə.dʒəˈneɪ.ɪ.ti/ US  /ˌhet̬.ə.roʊ.dʒəˈneɪ.ə.t̬i/ noun [U] Archaeological studies of the tombs have shown the heterogeneity of religious practices in the region.Variety and mixturesMixing and mixturesGroups and collections of things
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