Definition of variety in English:


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Pronunciation: /vəˈrʌɪəti

noun (plural varieties)

  • 2 Biology A taxonomic category that ranks below subspecies (where present) or species, its members differing from others of the same subspecies or species in minor but permanent or heritable characteristics. Varieties are more often recognized in botany, in which they are designated in the style Apium graveolens (var. dulce).
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    • Viola is represented by 25 species, two additional subspecies, and five varieties.
    • At least 66 individual species and varieties, representing 25 genera were identified.
    • Taxa recognized within this genus include sections, species, and varieties.
  • 2.1A cultivated form of a plant. See cultivar.
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    • Cultivars, or varieties bred from the vine, account for nearly all of the wine produced today.
    • Most of the bulbs we plant in our gardens are cultivated varieties, raised in nurseries in this country or in the Netherlands.
    • For farmers the focus was on some of the latest developments in producing hybrid varieties of vegetables and fruits.


variety is the spice of life

proverb New and exciting experiences make life more interesting.
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  • Most people would agree that variety is the spice of life, and that includes sex.
  • Well, they do say variety is the spice of life, I suppose.
  • Some differences will persist but then variety is the spice of life.


late 15th century: from French variété or Latin varietas, from varius (see various).

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