Roget's Thesaurus: Entry 440 (Variegation)

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#440. Variegation. -- N. variegation; colors, dichroism, trichroism; iridescence, play of colors, polychrome, maculation, spottiness, striae.

spectrum, rainbow, iris, tulip, peacock, chameleon, butterfly, tortoise shell; mackerel, mackerel sky; zebra, leopard, cheetah, nacre, ocelot, ophite[obs], mother-of-pearl, opal, marble.

check, plaid, tartan, patchwork; marquetry-, parquetry; mosaic, tesserae[obs], strigae[obs]; chessboard, checkers, chequers; harlequin; Joseph's coat; tricolor.

V. be variegated &c. adj.; variegate, stripe, streak, checker, chequer; bespeckle[obs], speckle; besprinkle, sprinkle; stipple, maculate, dot, bespot[obs]; tattoo, inlay, damascene; embroider, braid, quilt.

Adj. variegated &c. v.; many-colored, many-hued; divers-colored, party-colored; dichromatic, polychromatic; bicolor[obs], tricolor, versicolor[obs]; of all the colors of the rainbow, of all manner of colors; kaleidoscopic.

iridescent; opaline[obs], opalescent; prismatic, nacreous, pearly, shot, gorge de pigeon, chatoyant[obs]; irisated[obs], pavonine[obs].

pied, piebald; motley; mottled, marbled; pepper and salt, paned, dappled, clouded, cymophanous[obs].

mosaic, tesselated, plaid; tortoise shell &c. n.

spotted, spotty; punctated[obs], powdered; speckled &c. v.; freckled, flea-bitten, studded; flecked, fleckered[obs]; striated, barred, veined; brinded[obs], brindled; tabby; watered; grizzled; listed; embroidered &c. v.; daedal[obs]; naevose[obs], stipiform[obs]; strigose[obs], striolate[obs].