Variegated vs. Varied?

I have a dictionary too, I have looked them up and understand the dictionary differences.

In real usage, however, is one really going to be better than the other?

And how do you understand 'variegated' to be better than, say, 'diverse' ?

Consider this utterance from Virginia Woolf, on visiting a second-hand bookstore:

"second-hand books are wild books, homeless books; they have come together in vast flocks of variegated feather"

replace 'variegated' with 'varied' or 'diverse'. Appreciable difference?

3 Answers

  • Mamie
    Lv 7
    9 years ago
    Favorite Answer

    Variegated is usually used to mean having discrete markings of different colors, whereas varied is defined as different. Variegated has a more specific meaning than varied.

    Diverse is a synonym for varied.

  • 4 years ago

    Define Variegated

  • Neil
    Lv 7
    9 years ago

    'Variegated' refers more to appearance. 'Varied' refers to variety.

    For instance, there is a great variety of books.They are varied not only in size, but in colour. When you look at them, there is a variety of shades. That is the variegation.

    If you've ever seen plant leaves with different colours on the same leaf, they are variegated (mottled). Different varieties of leaves can be variegated..

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