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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 variety dulce. Compare with form (sense 3 of the noun) and subspecies.
- a cultivated form of a plant. See cultivar.
late 15th century: from French variété or Latin varietas, from varius (see various)