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varicolored

[vair-i-kuhl-erd]
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adjective
  1. having various colors; variegated; motley: a varicolored print.

Origin of varicolored

First recorded in 1655–65; vari(ous) + colored
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Examples from the Web for varicolored

Historical Examples

  • The surface of the river was sprinkled with sail-boats and varicolored canoes.

    The Cottage of Delight

    Will N. Harben

  • Many of them were large and varicolored, and left behind them a long train of fire.

    Our Day

    W. A. Spicer

  • Their chief beauty is the deep, warm, varicolored stain with which time and the weather have enriched the plaster.

    Life On The Mississippi, Complete

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • Varicolored ribbons ran round the walls after the manner of bunting and fell in festoons from the beamed ceiling.

  • His sister at his side offered “the gentlemen” a fine assortment of bows, with varicolored bow-strings.

    The Wide Awake Girls in Winsted

    Katharine Ellis Barrett


Word Origin and History for varicolored

adj.

1660s, from Latin varius (see vary) + English colored.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper