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

  • adj. Having streaks, marks, or patches of a different color or colors; varicolored: "If they recall the Colosseum . . . it is only as a showcase for cats more variegated than any fevered artist's mind could imagine” ( Michael Mewshaw).
  • adj. Distinguished or characterized by variety; diversified.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Streaked, spotted, or otherwise marked with a variety of color; very colorful.
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of variegate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having marks or patches of different colors.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Varied in color; irregularly marked with different colors.

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

  • adj. having a variety of colors


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  • His fancy had sketched a pleasing picture of beautiful floating domiciles, moored under the banks of the river, and inhabited by a hundred thousand people in variegated costume; he recalled to memory the stories of the lofty pagodas lifting roof above roof, ... the snug cottages with the picturesque bridges and the comfortable Chinaman under the shade of a willow, with nothing to do but fish, all of which we have been accustomed to read, and pictures of which served to amuse us in our childhood ....

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  • The editors of Memories of Eden, Mira and Tony Rocca received this moving letter from a Mandaean reader, who recalls the variegated social fabric which the book's author, Violette Shamash, describes.

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  • I have non-variegated which is both uglier and more pernicious.

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