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[vair-i-kuhl-erd] /ˈvɛər ɪˌkʌl ərd/
having various colors; variegated; motley:
a varicolored print.
Origin of varicolored
First recorded in 1655-65; vari(ous) + colored Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • 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.

  • Johannes stood gazing, half-blinded, in the glare of hundreds of varicolored lights, of mirrors and flowers.

    The Quest Frederik van Eeden
  • 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
  • The show made money, and the inventor, a perfect Jack-of-all-trades, added another feather to his varicolored cap.

    Historic Inventions Rupert S. Holland
  • A herd of varicolored cows and steers were foraging listlessly or switching tails in what remained of the oat field.

    The Lost Wagon James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • Weird formations of varicolored rocks had formed desolate little wildernesses all by themselves.

    The Lost Wagon James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • There were explosions, fireballs in the air and rising cumulus clouds of varicolored smoke and dust.

    The Cosmic Computer Henry Beam Piper
Word Origin and History for varicolored

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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