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versicolor

[vur-si-kuhl-er] /ˈvɜr sɪˌkʌl ər/
adjective
1.
changeable in color:
versicolor skies.
2.
of various colors; parti-colored:
a versicolor flower arrangement.
Also, especially British, versicolour.
Origin of versicolor
1620-1630
1620-30; < Latin, equivalent to vers(us) past participle of vertere to turn (see verse) + -i- -i- + color color
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  • The skin disease Pityriasis (tinea) versicolor was shown to be due to the Microsporon furfur by Eichstedt in 1846.

    The Fundamentals of Bacteriology Charles Bradfield Morrey
  • IRIS versicolor imberbis foliis ensiformibus, scapo tereti flexuoso, germinibus subtrigonis.

  • versicolor is a good name for this bright Cholla since it means “variegated or diversified in color.”

    The Fantastic Clan John James Thornber
  • versicolor means changing color, referring to the different bands of color.

  • Our plant is the picta of Miller, and the versicolor of Miller is, we believe, the sibirica of Linnæus.

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