Variety

Definition of Variety

Va`ri´e`ty
n.1.
1.The quality or state of being various; intermixture or succession of different things; diversity; multifariousness.
Variety is nothing else but a continued novelty.
- South.
The variety of colors depends upon the composition of light.
- Sir I. Newton.
For earth hath this variety from heaven.
- Milton.
There is a variety in the tempers of good men.
- Atterbury.
2.That which is various.
3.A number or collection of different things; a varied assortment; as, a variety of cottons and silks.
He . . . wants more time to do that variety of good which his soul thirsts after.
- Law.
3.(Theaters) Such entertainment as in given in variety shows; the production of, or performance in, variety shows.
Geographical variety
(Biol.) a variety of any species which is coincident with a geographical region, and is usually dependent upon, or caused by, peculiarities of climate.
Variety hybrid
(Biol.) a cross between two individuals of different varieties of the same species; a mongrel.
All sorts are here that all the earth yields!
Variety without end.
- Milton.
But see in all corporeal nature's scene,
What changes, what diversities, have been!
- Blackmore.
4.Something varying or differing from others of the same general kind; one of a number of things that are akin; a sort; as, varieties of wood, land, rocks, etc.
5.(Biol.) An individual, or group of individuals, of a species differing from the rest in some one or more of the characteristics typical of the species, and capable either of perpetuating itself for a period, or of being perpetuated by artificial means; hence, a subdivision, or peculiar form, of a species.
6.In inorganic nature, one of those forms in which a species may occur, which differ in minor characteristics of structure, color, purity of composition, etc.

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