(Latin: different, diversity, change, changing)

Believed by some etymologists to be from varus, "bent, knock-kneed; to bend, to turn, to twist".

variatively (adverb), more variatively, most variatively
variator (s) (noun), variators (pl)
varicolor (s) (noun), varicolors (pl)
varicolored (adjective), more varicolored, most varicolored
varied (adjective), more varied, most varied
variedly (adverb), more variedly, most variedly
variegate (verb), variegates; variegated; variegating
1. To change the appearance of, especially by marking with different colors; to streak: Nature is constantly variegating all kinds of flowers with different forms, odors, and various hues and tinges.
2. To give variety to or to include many different things: Sam variegated his working years with several different occupations.
To modify the appearance of someone or something with different colors.
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variegated (adjective), more variegated, most variegated
variegation (s) (noun), variegations (pl)
1. The condition of being spotted or streaked; the variation in colouring: Meg added some variegation to the painting of the forest by adding diverse greens.

At the garden center, Mrs. Tree admired the variegation in the leaves and flowers of the different plants on display.
2. The action of presenting an assortment of goods or services; diversification: Jill's financial advisor suggested that variegation in her investments would be a very good idea in order to reduce possible loses.

variety (s) (noun), varieties (pl)
variform (s) (noun), variforms (pl)
variometer (s) (noun), variometers (pl)
1. An instrument that is used to measure magnetic fields: A variometer can determine the differences of the Earth's magnetic field.
2. A device which is used to measure the rate of climb of an aircraft; such as, a glider.
variorum (noun); variora, variorums (pl)
1. A publication of the works of an author with notes by various scholars or editors: A variorum is considered to be the written production of a classical author with comments by a variety of editors or those who have made summaries about the contents of the original writer.
2. An edition containing various versions of a text.
various (adjective), more various, most various
variously (adverb), more variously, most variously

Inter-related cross references, directly or indirectly, involving word units meaning "another, other, different, alternating, varied, changing": ali-; allo-; alter-; allelo-; hetero-; mut-; poikilo-; reciproc-.