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variegated holly
▪ But the finest of all the variegated grasses must surely be Holcus mollis, with snow-white stripes.
▪ Sometimes, the leaves of variegated plants clash with the colours of their own flowers.
▪ The patio was flanked by ancient brick walls covered in climbing plants and variegated ivy.
▪ The veined and variegated roots yielded beautiful veneers much prized for ornamental work.
▪ Then there are the variegated bamboos like this green and yellow variety.
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Variegate \Va"ri*e*gate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Variegated; p. pr. & vb. n. Variegating.] [L. variegatus, p. p. of variegare to variegate; varius various + agere to move, make. See Various, and Agent.] To diversify in external appearance; to mark with different colors; to dapple; to streak; as, to variegate a floor with marble of different colors.

The shells are filled with a white spar, which variegates and adds to the beauty of the stone.


Variegated \Va"ri*e*ga`ted\, a. Having marks or patches of different colors; as, variegated leaves, or flowers.

Ladies like variegated tulips show.

  1. streaked, spotted, or otherwise marked with a variety of color; very colorful. v

  2. (en-past of: variegate)


adj. having a variety of colors [syn: varicolored, varicoloured]


Usage examples of "variegated".

Ayla missed the chorus of marsh frogs, though the flutey trill of variegated toads was still a refrain in the aleatoric medley of night music.

Beyond them and the variegated crowd rose the grey and tawny Rock, green only at its lower rim, and above its long crest the strange fog or breeding cloud brought into being by the levanter, a breeding cloud that dissipated there in the blazing light of the western side.

Port Kar could boast the broad Tamber for her sister, and the gleaming, mysterious Thassa beyond, I thought my city to be truly the most beautiful, its variegated lofty cylinders rising so gently, so joyfully, among the calm, green hills.

In the evening after we had come to an anchor the deck was illuminated with lanterns, and this picturesque band of sylphs, tricked out with flowers, and dressed in robes of variegated tappa, got up a ball in great style.

It is a record of several years of variegated vagabondizing, and its object is rather to help the resting reader while away an idle hour than afflict him with metaphysics, or goad him with science.

The sultry pall of variegated musk that had wafted through the cages had made for aggressive, unpredictable behaviour.

And Ralph, in the midst of cries exclamatory, and no little laughter, emptied the contents of the basket on the velvet sward, variegated by the sunlight through the boughs, and fit for kings.

The sideboards of massy plate, and the variegated wardrobes of silk and purple, were irregularly piled in the wagons, that always followed the march of a Gothic army.

It showed at once a complete change of formation: the sides were painted with clays of variegated colours, crystallized lime and porphyritic conglomerates, tinted mauve-purple as if by manganese.

Those in pressing need of velocity and noise used the trolleys, numberless and variegated, queueing and charging along the wide central lanes in vaporous, indocile packs.

Corn not only in its facsimile, but in reality, some of the tent entrances being framed by bound shocks and festooned with garlands of dried husks and leaves, and bunches of unshelled ears, their kernels yellow, red, brown, some variegated with all three.

Campanians arrogated to themselves: it was woven of the whitest Apulian wool, and variegated with broad stripes of crimson.

The dense, variegated forest was rich in ebony, rosewood, brazilwood, and mahogany trees.

I had surprised her with it one night, a lovely large dieffenbachia with emerald-and-cream variegated leaves.

The little balcony of wrought iron which advanced in front of this window was furnished with a pot of red gilliflowers, another pot of primroses, and an early rose-tree, the foliage of which, beautifully green, was variegated with numerous red specks announcing future roses.