var·​ie·​ga·​tion ˌver-ē-ə-ˈgā-shən How to pronounce variegation (audio)
: the act of variegating : the state of being variegated
especially : diversity of colors

Examples of variegation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Finally, Rainbow is a bulkier specimen with enchanting green, white and pink variegation. Karen Hugg, Washington Post, 19 Sep. 2023 These shade-loving evergreens come in various sizes and variegations. Karen Hugg, Washington Post, 19 Sep. 2023 Most of the major growers now mass produce this plant from tissue culture, although not every batch of plants will produce the same levels of variegation. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, 11 Aug. 2023 Popular varieties include: Golden pothos: Prefers medium to low light and features yellow and green variegation. Medgina Saint-Elien, House Beautiful, 27 July 2023 Zones 3-8. ‘Diamonds are Forever’ Hosta Among the thousands of hosta varieties, ’Diamonds are Forever’ truly is a gem, with wide, irregular white variegation on green leaves. Marty Ross, Better Homes & Gardens, 1 Mar. 2023 The gorgeous color and variegation of a plant like alocasia silver dragon (below) make for a great focal point—because who wouldn't want to gaze lovingly at a plant so pretty? Melissa Breyer, Treehugger, 22 Mar. 2023 The variegation of each individual leaf is dramatically different and adds to its appeal. Marianne Willburn, Better Homes & Gardens, 19 Dec. 2022 Hostas planted in sites with too much sun can show more subtle symptoms with an overall bleaching of the color (like a less vivid blue) and less contrast in the leaves’ variegation. Tim Johnson, Chicago Tribune, 28 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History


varieg(ate) + -ation

First Known Use

1646, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of variegation was in 1646

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“Variegation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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