from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Having streaks, marks, or patches of a different color or colors; varicolored.
  • adjective Distinguished or characterized by variety; diversified.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Varied in color; irregularly marked with different colors.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Having marks or patches of different colors.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • adjective having a variety of colors


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