variegate

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verb var·ie·gate \ˈver-ē-ə-ˌgāt, ˈver-i-ˌgāt\

Definition of variegate

variegated

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variegating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to diversify in external appearance especially with different colors :  dapple

  3. 2 :  to enliven or give interest to by means of variety

variegator

play \ˈver-ē-ə-ˌgā-tər, ˈver-i-ˌgā-\ noun

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Origin and Etymology of variegate

borrowed from Latin variegātus, past participle of variegāare “to diversify with different colors,” from varius “having contrasting colors, 1various” + -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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