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 The variegation of each individual leaf is dramatically different and adds to its appeal. Marianne Willburn, Better Homes & Gardens, "5 of the Most Colorful New Houseplants You Need for Brightening Up Your Home," 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, "Houston's rare plant business is blooming because of the pandemic," 13 Oct. 2020 The pink splotches, called variegation, come from a genetic mutation. Arielle Pardes, Wired, "The Princess, the Plantfluencers, and the Pink Congo Scam," 19 Feb. 2020 By far the most common variegation patterns are green with either white or yellow markings. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "Why do some garden leaves turn green, white and yellow? Foliage decoded," 14 June 2019 Speaking of which, some plants actually change color over time, often losing the variegation or intense shade of lime green or gold that caught the consumer’s eye when the plant was young. Bonnie Blodgett, Twin Cities, "Blundering Gardener: The things you think of — and cry about — when gardening," 13 July 2019 The variegation is an irregular white streaking and makes quite a striking specimen. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "Why do some garden leaves turn green, white and yellow? Foliage decoded," 14 June 2019 Cosmopolitan’ arches tall in ribbons of white and green variegation. Amy Merrick, WSJ, "Fall’s Best Blade Plans," 5 Oct. 2018 Mexico is likely to see increased political variegation as regional actors build state-level organizations with fewer ties to national party structures. Michael Lettieri, Washington Post, "Mexico votes tomorrow. Here’s how the country will be radically transformed when the PRI loses.," 30 June 2018

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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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The first known use of variegation was in 1646

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“Variegation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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