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.
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