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[vair-ee-i-gey-tid, vair-i-gey-] /ˈvɛər i ɪˌgeɪ tɪd, ˈvɛər ɪˌgeɪ-/
varied in appearance or color; marked with patches or spots of different colors.
varied; diversified; diverse.
Origin of variegated
1655-65; variegate + -ed2
Related forms
unvariegated, adjective


[vair-ee-i-geyt, vair-i-geyt] /ˈvɛər i ɪˌgeɪt, ˈvɛər ɪˌgeɪt/
verb (used with object), variegated, variegating.
to make varied in appearance, as by adding different colors.
to give variety to; diversify.
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
Related forms
variegator, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for variegated
  • Meanwhile, colorful variegated squirrels bound from branch to branch, chattering territorial warnings to their neighbors.
  • There are many forms, from small-leafed, variegated needlepoint ivies to all-green vines that can cover trees.
  • Of course, it's the elusive and variegated nature of those effects that gives e-mail research its spice.
  • If you grow enough variegated plants long enough, you're bound to see it happen sooner or later.
  • Grows in sun or shade, but variegated types show better color in full sun.
  • Some trees have purple, yellow or variegated leaves.
  • Blossoms come in both single and double types and the foliage is occasionally variegated.
  • Leaves are heavily variegated in pink and creamy white more add to my plant list.
  • Seeds produced by the variegated plants were germinated and the resulting sprouts were all white albinos that quickly died.
  • There are sorts with flowers in white and various blue shades, as well as some with variegated leaves.
British Dictionary definitions for variegated


displaying differently coloured spots, patches, streaks, etc
(of foliage or flowers) having pale patches, usually as a result of mutation, infection, etc


verb (transitive)
to alter the appearance of, esp by adding different colours
to impart variety to
Derived Forms
variegation, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin variegāre, from Latin varius diverse, various + agere to make
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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.

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