Sunday, November 8, 2009


— variety |vəˈrīətē| noun
( pl. varieties)
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 Hibiscus furcellatus var. youngianus. Compare with form and subspecies.

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