Joseph's coat


Definition of Joseph's coat

1 : a coat of many colors a country as dappled and patchy as Joseph's coat— T. H. Fielding
2 : any of certain plants with variegated foliage: such as
a : a tampala with red and green variegated leaves grown as an ornamental
b : coleus

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History and Etymology for Joseph's coat

after Joseph, Old Testament patriarch; from his coat of many colors (Genesis 37:3—AV)

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“Joseph's coat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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