variegate (v.)
1650s "give variety to," from Late Latin variegatus "made of various sorts or colors," past participle of variegare "diversify with different colors," from varius "spotted, changing, varying" (see vary) + root of agere "to do, perform" (from PIE root *ag- "to drive, draw out or forth, move"). Meaning "mark with different colors" is from 1660s (implied in Variegated). Related: vareiegating.
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