variegate

variegate

[vair-ee-i-geyt, vair-i-geyt]
verb (used with object), variegated, variegating.
1.
to make varied in appearance, as by adding different colors.
2.
to give variety to; diversify.

Origin:
1645–55; < Late Latin variegātus (past participle of variegāre to make (something) look varied), equivalent to Latin vari(us) various + -eg- (combining form of agere to do; see agent) + -ātus -ate

variegator, noun
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variegate (ˈvɛərɪˌɡeɪt)
 
vb
1.  to alter the appearance of, esp by adding different colours
2.  to impart variety to
 
[C17: from Late Latin variegāre, from Latin varius diverse, various + agere to make]
 
varie'gation
 
n

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variegate
"to mark with different colors," 1646 (implied in variegation), from L.L. variegatus "made of various sorts or colors," pp. of variegare "diversify with different colors," from varius "spotted, changing, varying" (see vary) + root of agere "to drive" (see act).
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