variegated

adjective var·ie·gat·ed \ ˈver-ē-ə-ˌgā-təd , ˈver-i-ˌgā- \

Definition of variegated

1 :having discrete markings of different colors
  • variegated leaves
2 :varied 1

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Examples of variegated in a Sentence

  1. the variegated costumes of the dancers in the nightclub

  2. a variety of variegated tulip that is highly prized by gardeners

Recent Examples of variegated from the Web

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The Colorful History of variegated

Variegated has been adding color to our language since the 17th century. It is used in botany to describe the presence of two or more colors in the leaves, petals, or other parts of plants, and it also appears in the names of some animals (such as the variegated cutworm). It can be used by the general speaker to refer to anything marked with different colors ("a variegated silk robe," for instance) or to things that are simply various and diverse ("a variegated collection"). Variegated has a variety of relatives in English—it is ultimately derived from the Latin root varius, meaning "varied," which also gave us vary, various, and variety.

Origin and Etymology of variegated

from past participle of variegate


VARIEGATED Defined for English Language Learners

variegated

adjective

Definition of variegated for English Language Learners

  • : having patches, stripes, or marks of different colors

  • : including many different things : full of variety


VARIEGATED Defined for Kids

variegated

adjective var·ie·gat·ed \ ˈver-ē-ə-ˌgā-təd , ˈver-i-ˌgā- \

Definition of variegated for Students

1 :having patches, stripes, or marks of different colors
  • variegated leaves
2 :full of variety


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