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  1. Having a variety of colors; variegated or motley.
    • 1638, Thomas Herbert, Some Yeares Travels into Divers Parts of Asia and Afrique, Book 2, p, 128,[1]
      [] the habit of the greater part of them is only a wreath of Callico tyed about their heads; their mid-parts are circled with a Zone of vari-colored plad, and have Sandalls upon their feet, elsewhere being naked []
    • 1885, RIchard F. Burton (translator), The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night, Kama Shastra Society, Volume I, p. 62,[2]
      The Fisherman looked into the water and was much astonished to see therein vari-coloured fishes, white and red, blue and yellow; however he cast his net and, hauling it in, saw that he had netted four fishes, one of each colour.
    • 1937, Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God, University of Illinois Press, 1978, Chapter 1, p. 15,[3]
      The varicolored cloud of dust that the sun had stirred up in the sky was settling by slow degrees.
    • 2009, Zadie Smith, “Speaking in Tongues” in Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays, New York: Penguin,
      Watching Jesse Jackson in tears in Grant Park, pressed up against the varicolored American public, it seemed like he, at least, had received the answer he needed: only a many-voiced man could have spoken to that many people.