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heterogeneous

adjective uk   /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.
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noun [U] uk   /ˌhet.ər.ə.dʒəˈneɪ.ɪ.ti/ us    /ˌhet̬.ə.roʊ.dʒəˈneɪ.ə.t̬i/
Archaeological studies of the tombs have shown the heterogeneity of religious practices in the region.
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