heterogeneous

Heterogeneous can be used to describe the diversity of nearly anything — populations, classrooms, collections. A heterogeneous array of immigrants passed through Ellis Island to help create the American "melting pot."

An easy way to remember the meaning of this word is that homo is the same and hetero is different. So, a homogeneous group of puppies might consist of apricot-colored poodles, while a heterogeneous group might consist of a hodgepodge of different pups ranging from dachshunds to dalmatians. Anytime you are confronted with a group whose members are not all similar to one another, you have an opportunity to trot out heterogeneous.

Definitions of heterogeneous
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adj consisting of elements that are not of the same kind or nature

“the population of the United States is vast and heterogeneous
Synonyms:
heterogenous
diversified
having variety of character or form or components; or having increased variety
assorted, miscellaneous, mixed, motley, sundry
consisting of a haphazard assortment of different kinds
disparate
including markedly dissimilar elements
inhomogeneous, nonuniform
not homogeneous
different
unlike in nature or quality or form or degree
varied
characterized by variety
Antonyms:
homogeneous, homogenous
all of the same or similar kind or nature
undiversified
not diversified
consistent, uniform
the same throughout in structure or composition
solid
of one substance or character throughout
self-colored, self-coloured, solid
of the same color throughout
homogenised, homogenized
made homogeneous
uniform, unvarying
always the same; showing a single form or character in all occurrences
same
closely similar or comparable in kind or quality or quantity or degree
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adj originating outside the body

Synonyms:
heterogenous
Antonyms:
autogenic, autogenous
originating within the body
self-generated, self-produced
originating from the self
self-induced
brought about by yourself
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