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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Definitions for variegated

  1. varied in appearance or color; marked with patches or spots of different colors.
  2. varied; diversified; diverse.

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Citations for variegated
"If you put this in potting soil and keep it watered, you'll have your own spider plant." Her eyes widened. "Does it grow spiders?" "No, just nice variegated leaves," I assured her. "Green with white stripes." James Patterson, "Tell Me Your Best Story," Two from the Heart, 2017
One single bulb of this glorious variegated tulip would have cost more than Buckingham Palace! Naomi A. Alderman, Doctor Who: Borrowed Time, 2011
Origin of variegated
The first element of the Latin verb variegāre “to diversify, make different colors” is the adjective varius “mottled, spotted, speckled; different, changing.” The second element of the Latin verb, -egāre, is a combining form of the verb agere, originally “to drive, lead” but with as many developed senses in Latin as do, make, or run in English. Variegated entered English in the mid-17th century.
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