• WordNet 3.6
    • n variegation the act of introducing variety (especially in investments or in the variety of goods and services offered) "my broker recommended a greater diversification of my investments","he limited his losses by diversification of his product line"
    • n variegation variability in coloration
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Variegation The act of variegating or diversifying, or the state of being diversified, by different colors; diversity of colors.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n variegation Varied coloration; the conjunction of various colors or color-marks; party-coloration.
    • n variegation In botany: The conjunction of two or more colors in the petals, leaves, and other parts of plants.
    • n variegation A condition of plants in which the leaves become partially white or of a very light color, from suppression or modification of the chlorophyl. Plants showing this unnatural condition may be otherwise quite healthy, and are often prized on account of their peculiar appearance. The cause is not well known. It sometimes occurs in a single branch of a tree, and may be thence propagated by grafting. As a permanent and often congenital peculiarity it is to be distinguished from chlorosis (which compare).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Variegation in plants, a condition in which other colours are exhibited in parts where green is the normal colour
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. variegatusvarius, various, agĕre, to make.


In literature:

As the diadem dazzles by the variegated lustre of its gems, so the lyre with its divers sounds.
"The Letters of Cassiodorus" by Cassiodorus (AKA Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator)
There were patches of woodland, great plantations with here and there variegated spots that Ralph supposed to be villages.
"Ralph Granger's Fortunes" by William Perry Brown
This is the largest one of these images in the collection, very highly ornamented with bright variegated colors.
"Illustrated Catalogue Of The Collections Obtained From The Indians Of New Mexico And Arizona In 1879" by James Stevenson
They were a variegated crew; men who had been added to the Team in every corner of the world.
"The Mercenaries" by Henry Beam Piper
It afforded me great amusement to gaze on their variegated ribbon-like endless lengths.
"A Journey to the Centre of the Earth" by Jules Verne
A variegated flood of flowers filled the master's house.
"Woman Triumphant" by Vicente Blasco Ibañez
The variegated colours and patterns of the insects are entirely due to them.
"Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 437" by Various
He was of pure white, and the scapegraces wished a variegated hue.
"Holidays at the Grange or A Week's Delight" by Emily Mayer Higgins
The variegated form is better for being so propagated every year.
"Hardy Perennials and Old Fashioned Flowers" by John Wood
Nor did the traveller rush at fifty miles an hour through all this variegated world.
"Platform Monologues" by T. G. Tucker
Within a little while after they came to a large campaign field open and full of variegated meadows.
"The Buccaneers in the West Indies in the XVII Century" by Clarence Henry Haring
He was too much engrossed in Sam's red hair and his variegated cuticle.
"Captain Jinks, Hero" by Ernest Crosby
There were also beautiful and variegated flowers growing on the ground.
"Notable Voyagers" by W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
I saw a large tiger-looking animal of a fawn colour, the back variegated with round black spots.
"In the Wilds of Africa" by W.H.G. Kingston
Some varieties are charmingly variegated.
"Amateur Gardencraft" by Eben E. Rexford
The gardens were illuminated with six thousand variegated lamps.
"Diaries of Sir Moses and Lady Montefiore, Volume I" by Sir Moses Montefiore
Variegated Compote of Pears, 268.
"Choice Cookery" by Catherine Owen
The walls of Paris were a mass of variegated placards and proclamations.
"The Story of Paris" by Thomas Okey
Fantastic circumstances variegated the wild rush of speculation.
"The Humbugs of the World" by P. T. Barnum
Variegated butterflies flutter noiselessly among the spreading branches of the trees, or sun themselves on the warm masses of fallen leaves.
"Travels in Peru, on the Coast, in the Sierra, Across the Cordilleras and the Andes, into the Primeval Forests" by J. J. von Tschudi

In poetry:

Bring flowers for the youthful throng,
Of variegated glow,
And twine of them a gaudy wreath
Around each childish brow.
"Flowers" by William James Jones
Pride taught him to find out a stand
Like man--a mansion rather grand;
In a large holly soon was seated,
Most beautiful and variegated.
"The Robin-Red-Breast" by William Hutton
Above the vines the mountain sides are blending
The oaks' and maples' multicolored glow,
In variegated zones their hues ascending
From radiant roses to eternal snow.
"Autumn In Meran" by John Lawson Stoddard
Adam. Now by these cooling shades,
The beauty of these plants,
By these delightful meadows,
These variegated flowers,
By the soft music of the rills and birds,
Let us sit down in joy!
"Adam: A Sacred Drama. Act 3." by William Cowper
Autumn! I love thy tinted looks,
Thy fading leaves, and rippling brooks,
And variegated flowers;
Thy cooling winds and wither'd grass,
Precursor of the stormy blast,
And fluctuating showers.
"Autumn" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
And the ghostly, creamy coloured little tree of leaves
white, ivory white among the rambling greens
how evanescent, variegated elder, she hesitates on the green grass
as if, in another moment, she would disappear
with all her grace of foam!
"Trees In The Garden" by D H Lawrence

In news:

Hot-pink leaves with ruffled, variegated borders edged with a thin line of light green make Solenostemon 'Pink Chaos' look like an explosion of neon paisley.
Most grow strongly upright with long, straplike leaves variegated with white, cream, or red.
Variegated foam cushion capability for FIP system.
Check out 'Glamouflage Grape' and its unique, variegated foliage, which debuts at next month's California Spring Trials.
This outstanding variegated holly is a fine landscape evergreen that provides plenty of holiday decorating material.
Haze Gray ( Variegated ), All the Way.
" Variegation really brightens up a garden," says Silberstein, a horticulturist for the State of New Jersey who inspects plant nurseries for insects and disease.
East central and central crops bearing the brunt of variegated cutworms.
Variegation is most commonly white or some sort of yellow.
The more popular varieties of holly olive have some sort of variegation of white or gold.
Variegation can be spots, blotches or more refined margins.
In some cases, he was absolutely right, especially when it comes to splotchy variegation such as those big yellow patches on the variegated ligularias or tovaras.
But I confess to a real affection for variegation where patterns are distinct: stripes, leaf margins and polka dots.
Coleus, polka-dot plant and caladiums provide bright splashes of color with their variegated foliage.
At Denver Botanic Gardens, a variegated form of the deciduous vine, called 'Elegans', festoons a pergola.

In science:

The result is a quite rich and somewhat intricate picture of different but often tightly connected models, certainly much more variegate than the way time modeling is usually faced in other fields of science and engineering.
Modeling Time in Computing: A Taxonomy and a Comparative Survey
To help orienting in the variegate zoo, the optical photometric and spectroscopic properties of the different supernova types are presented in a number of summary figures.
Supernova types and rates
All these findings suggest that the color-magnitude sequence of clusters today (except the very brightest end of it) must be composed of a variegated population of galaxies that had a variety of star formation histories.
Color, spectral and morphological transformations of galaxies in clusters
The task of the description of such a variegate structure relies in the research of a manifest form of coherent structure, in order to recognize a hierarchy of patterns over a wide range of time and/or length scales.
Complex dynamics of the biological rhythms: gallbladder and heart cases
Rather foolishly, perhaps, I decided to take a different tack for the Vancouver Conference and attempted to cover, albeit at a somewhat superficial level, all the variegated and multifaceted advances in the field presented at ICHEP 98.
Summary and Outlook