var·​ie·​gate | \ ˈver-ē-ə-ˌgāt How to pronounce variegate (audio) , ˈver-i-ˌgāt How to pronounce variegate (audio) \
variegated; variegating

Definition of variegate

transitive verb

1 : to diversify in external appearance especially with different colors : dapple
2 : to enliven or give interest to by means of variety

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Other Words from variegate

variegator \ ˈver-​ē-​ə-​ˌgā-​tər How to pronounce variegator (audio) , ˈver-​i-​ˌgā-​ \ noun

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Granite comes in a wide array of colors: vibrant blues and variegated browns, to midnight black, deep red and mottled white. Joe Lindsey, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Countertop Materials," 9 May 2019 And now there are also double flowered forms, variegated and cutleaf forms — essentially the coal dust covered old smooth hydrangea has now acquired a whole closet full of glass slippers. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "Why this Kentucky plant is the 'Manolo Blahniks' of the garden world," 22 June 2018 Bougainvillea is available in many shades of pink and red, plus off-white, variegated and lavender. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, "Container plants perfect for the San Antonio summer heat," 15 June 2018 Kenneth Setzer Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden ▪ Liriope muscari is an old favorite; at Fairchild, there are three varieties, including a variegated version. Kenneth Setzer, miamiherald, "When grass or gravel won't do, these plants are easy and attractive ground cover | Miami Herald," 24 May 2018 The text is infinitely variegated, the subtext always the same. . . James Wood, The New Yorker, "Helen DeWitt Has Your Number," 27 Oct. 2017 Rose Glow’ variegated Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergii f. atropurpurea): Dramatic deciduous shrub that unfolds new growth of deep burgundy leaves splashed with pink and cream., "6 vibrant, colorful shrubs to spruce up Oregon gardens," 9 Apr. 2018 The Reich’s efforts to reengineer the population were variegated. Edith Sheffer, Time, "Asperger's Syndrome, the Nazi Regime and the Dangerous Power of Labeling People," 26 Apr. 2018 Evergreen shrubs such as variegated false holly provide year-round color. Andrea F. Siegel,, "A lush Ruxton garden that's always growing," 20 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of variegate

1653, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for variegate

borrowed from Latin variegātus, past participle of variegāare "to diversify with different colors," from varius "having contrasting colors, various entry 1" + -egāre, variant of -igāare, verb suffix based on -ig-, nominal derivative of agere "to drive, do," as in rēmig-, rēmex "oarsman," hence rēmigāre "to row" — more at agent

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