Definition of variegated adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈveəriəɡeɪtɪd//
    , BrE//ˈveərɪɡeɪtɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈverɪɡeɪtɪd//
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  1. 1(specialist) having spots or marks of a different colour a plant with variegated leaves
  2. 2(formal) consisting of many different types of thing or person
  3. Word Originmid 17th cent.: from Latin variegat- ‘made varied’ (from the verb variegare, from varius ‘diverse’) + -ed.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: variegated