variegation

[vair-ee-i-gey-shuhn, vair-i-gey-]
noun
1.
an act of variegating.
2.
the state or condition of being variegated; varied coloration.

Origin:
1640–50; variegate + -ion

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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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Example sentences
It's the combination of color and variegation that grabs people.
The amount and character of variegation on the leaves change with maturity, so the plant has a different look from month to month.
Yellow flecks appear on the edges of the leaf or leaf exhibits yellow variegation or mosaic.
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