from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having a variety of colors; variegated.

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  • adj. Having a variety of colors; variegated or motley.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Diversified in color; variegated; motley.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having sections or patches colored differently and usually brightly
  • adj. having a variety of colors


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  • His rimed brows turned to cataracts as he whirled about; his mustache, still frozen, seemed gemmed with diamonds and turned the light in varicolored rays; while the flying feet slipped on the chunks of ice which rattled from his moccasins and German socks.

    The Wife of the King

  • An old proverb states: "When the dragon arises, the varicolored clouds follow."

    Richard Bangs: Hong Kong: Quest for the Dragon

  • Nora lifted the first lid and took out a conical shell—a black-footed limpet—turning it over and admiring all the varicolored stripes.


  • She waved a thumb over her shoulder, and Frank leaned down to peer through the eyepiece of a microscope at varicolored crystals of soil particles, dull fragments of decaying leaves, and dozens of small, wrinkled spheres.


  • A flower pattern of tank silhouettes cut out of varicolored felts is placed very effectively across the gallery from the flower design prints.

    APAture Live

  • Too late, he realized, as he glimpsed through the eyes of several drones personal forcefields snapping into place, absorbing varicolored phaser beams.

    Star Trek: Myriad Universes: Shattered Light

  • Four men, spaced along its length, their fingers twinkling over a maze of controls, their eyes alert to the flickering on and off of varicolored lights before them, were all that were required for the operation of every mechanical detail of the thousand-foot, eighty-thousand-ton ship!

    "Neutral Vessel" by Harl Vincent, part 1

  • She found Sanji in his workshop, mounting a compass into a new casing crafted from slender strips of varicolored woods.

    Archive 2009-08-01

  • Watching Jesse Jackson in tears in Grant Park, pressed up against the varicolored American public, it seemed like he, at least, had received the answer he needed: only a many-voiced man could have spoken to that many people.

    Speaking in Tongues

  • Far from being the Green Hell as it is described, Maia and 'Minty' finds themselves enchanted and entranced by the world of the Amazon, with the varicolored peoples, their beautiful trees and flowers, and their unique ways of embracing their world.

    Archive 2008-03-01


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