variegation

Variegation is the process of making something more diverse, especially in its coloration. The variegation in a plant's leaves can give them a striped or spotted appearance.

One long musical note can be made into an interesting tune with some variegation in its pitch and tone. And adding variegation to the color of the ocean in your painting can lend it a more realistic appearance. This noun is often used by botanists (plant scientists) to describe the color variation in blossoms and leaves. The Latin root of variegation is varius, "spotted" or "varying."

Definitions of variegation
  1. noun
    the act of introducing variety (especially in investments or in the variety of goods and services offered)
    synonyms: diversification
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    type of:
    change
    the action of changing something
  2. noun
    variability in coloration
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    type of:
    variability, variableness, variance
    the quality of being subject to variation
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