- varied in appearance or color; marked with patches or spots of different colors.
- varied; diversified; diverse.
Origin of variegated
- to make varied in appearance, as by adding different colors.
- to give variety to; diversify.
Origin of variegate
Examples from the Web for variegated
Muslim Americans are valuable, if largely unrecognized, assets to a variegated American fabric.The Defense Department's Muslim Counterterrorists
Salmah Y. Rizvi
August 30, 2010
Tulips are opening their variegated cups, and daffodils line the walls.The Conquest of Fear
Do not manure the ground for golden or variegated leaved shrubs.The Mayflower, January, 1905
There was a confident impelling forward of the shaft of the variegated standard.Y Gododin
The gills are attached, not broad, ascending, variegated with gray and black.
The gills are adnexed, dark slate-colored, variegated with black spores.
- displaying differently coloured spots, patches, streaks, etc
- (of foliage or flowers) having pale patches, usually as a result of mutation, infection, etc
- to alter the appearance of, esp by adding different colours
- to impart variety to
Word Origin and History for variegated
"to mark with different colors," 1640s (implied in variegation), from Late Latin variegatus "made of various sorts or colors," past participle of variegare "diversify with different colors," from varius "spotted, changing, varying" (see vary) + root of agere "to drive" (see act). Related: Variegated; vareiegating.