variegate

verb
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

Examples of variegate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the sky, variegated fairy wrens and splendid fairy wrens recognize one another, form stable partnerships and jointly defend patches of eucalyptus scrubland. Barbara J. King, Scientific American, "Deception in the Animal Kingdom," 12 Sep. 2019 There are many varieties of mint — smooth-leaved, crinkly, variegated, fuzzy, shiny. Jeanmarie Brownson, Twin Cities, "Refresh your summer cooking with versatile mint for grilled meats, salads and tea," 18 July 2019 There are many varieties of mint — smooth-leaved, crinkly, variegated, fuzzy, shiny. Jeanmarie Brownson, Twin Cities, "Refresh your summer cooking with versatile mint for grilled meats, salads and tea," 18 July 2019 There are many varieties of mint — smooth-leaved, crinkly, variegated, fuzzy, shiny. Jeanmarie Brownson, Twin Cities, "Refresh your summer cooking with versatile mint for grilled meats, salads and tea," 18 July 2019 There are many varieties of mint — smooth-leaved, crinkly, variegated, fuzzy, shiny. Jeanmarie Brownson, Twin Cities, "Refresh your summer cooking with versatile mint for grilled meats, salads and tea," 18 July 2019 There are many varieties of mint — smooth-leaved, crinkly, variegated, fuzzy, shiny. Jeanmarie Brownson, Twin Cities, "Refresh your summer cooking with versatile mint for grilled meats, salads and tea," 18 July 2019 There are many varieties of mint — smooth-leaved, crinkly, variegated, fuzzy, shiny. Jeanmarie Brownson, Twin Cities, "Refresh your summer cooking with versatile mint for grilled meats, salads and tea," 18 July 2019 There are many varieties of mint — smooth-leaved, crinkly, variegated, fuzzy, shiny. Jeanmarie Brownson, Twin Cities, "Refresh your summer cooking with versatile mint for grilled meats, salads and tea," 18 July 2019

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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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The first known use of variegate was in 1653

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