var·​ie·​ga·​tion | \ ˌver-ē-ə-ˈgā-shən How to pronounce variegation (audio) , ˌver-i-ˈgā- \

Definition of variegation

: the act of variegating : the state of being variegated especially : diversity of colors

Examples of variegation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Scindapsus, also known as silver pothos, has heart-shape green leaves with silvery, sage green variegation. Megan Hughes, Better Homes & Gardens, 9 Feb. 2022 The foreground plant is still solid with variegation. Neil Sperry, San Antonio Express-News, 22 Oct. 2021 What is causing the variegation in my liriope to change to all-green leaves? Neil Sperry, San Antonio Express-News, 22 Oct. 2021 Foliage colors include shades of green, orange and red, sometimes in solid hues or, more likely, in a range of variegation where the leaf center, for example, might contrast dramatically with its margins. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, 20 May 2021 There are many varieties of hebes with a range of foliages, including variegation. oregonlive, 2 Mar. 2021 The variegation of each individual leaf is dramatically different and adds to its appeal. Marianne Willburn, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 Oct. 2020 The Monstera albo, with its delicate fenestrations, climb-seeking stalk and striking variegation — diverse and beautiful with each new unfurling leaf — has recently become a top choice among hobbyists. Jennifer Bolton, Houston Chronicle, 13 Oct. 2020 The pink splotches, called variegation, come from a genetic mutation. Arielle Pardes, Wired, 19 Feb. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of variegation

1646, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for variegation

varieg(ate) + -ation

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“Variegation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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