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 for variegate
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
     [1913 Webster]
  
           The shells are filled with a white spar, which
           variegates and adds to the beauty of the stone.
                                                    --Woodward.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  variegate
      v 1: change the appearance of, especially by marking with
           different colors
      2: make something more diverse and varied; "Vary the menu" [syn:
         vary, variegate, motley]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  50 Moby Thesaurus words for "variegate":
     band, bar, bespangle, bespeckle, bespot, blotch, break up, check,
     checker, dapple, differ, differentiate, dissent, disunify,
     divaricate, diverge, diversify, dot, flake, fleck, freckle,
     harlequin, iris, maculate, marble, marbleize, motley, mottle,
     pepper, polychrome, polychromize, rainbow, relieve, spangle, speck,
     speckle, splotch, spot, sprinkle, stigmatize, stipple, streak,
     striate, stripe, stud, tattoo, tessellate, variate, vary, vein
  
  

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