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 variegate (audio) , ˈver-​i-​ˌgā-​ \ noun

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Recent Examples on the Web Pesto Perpetuo’ basil grabs attention right away thanks to its upright growth and variegated leaves. Andrea Beck, Better Homes & Gardens, "This Window Box Plan Will Supply You with Fresh Veggies and Herbs This Summer," 27 May 2020 These wings are variegated and flecked with pigment, taking on the radiant transparency of monochrome stained glass. Daisy Alioto, The New York Review of Books, "Plagues and Pandemics: Further Reading," 27 Mar. 2020 There is an enormous variegated monstera with big white splotches, like the splatter on a painter’s jeans. Arielle Pardes, Wired, "The Princess, the Plantfluencers, and the Pink Congo Scam," 19 Feb. 2020 Aureomarginata’ with pink buds opening to white blooms, variegated leaves edged in gold, and a spreading habit maturing at 3 feet by 4 feet. oregonlive, "These sweet-smelling winter shrubs chase away the January blues," 30 Jan. 2020 This is stained glass—actually overlaid plates of variegated... Edward Rothstein, WSJ, "‘Eternal Light: The Sacred Stained-Glass Windows of Louis Comfort Tiffany’ Review: A Vibrant, Luminous Faith," 30 Dec. 2019 The men are variegated in their dress; the angels are uniformly clad and colored but individualized, especially in their posture and gestures. Willard Spiegelman, WSJ, "A Mystery Meets the Mystical," 17 Jan. 2020 This variegated assemblage of letters might seem daunting to some, especially as they are not arranged in strict chronological order. Stephen Mirarchi, National Review, "A Trove of Letters from Flannery O’Connor and Friends," 28 Dec. 2019 Those are known as chimeras, and they will be variegated depending on where the new plant forms. Neil Sperry,, "Night-blooming cereus can be repotted now if you have a greenhouse," 14 Nov. 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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“Variegate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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