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Friday, February 22, 2013

varia

\VAIR-ee-uh\ , noun;
1.
miscellaneous items, especially a miscellany of literary works.
Quotes:
This volume of Children's Literature differs from others in that its articles, varia, and many of its reviews were selected to illustrate a single theme...
-- Edited by Francelia Butler, Children's Literature, Vol. 15
There go the women, off to dig up tubers or gather other varia, the chores getting done by groups that seemed to agglutinate differently each time you watched.
-- Norman Rush, Mating
Origin:
Varia is the neuter or non-gendered plural of varius, a word transcribed directly from the Latin meaning "varied, different" and originally "spotted."
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