Entry: variegated (adj.)
In context: "...Lucien can see the variegated glints of passing low-chassis headlights off a whole long single-file column of polished metal wheels stolidly turning, being turned by swarthy hands in fingerless wheelchair-gloves."
Definition: Composed of persons of various characters or kinds; heterogeneous; motley. rare.
makes the most sense here, but also:
Marked with patches or spots of different colours; varied in colour; of diverse or various colours; many-coloured, vari-coloured; spec. in Bot.
Other: Also, In the specific names of animals, birds, etc.
Which gives us a bit of a runaway usage example:
1783 J. Latham Gen. Synopsis Birds II. i. 99 Variegated chatterer.
1783 J. Latham Gen. Synopsis Birds II. i. 181 Variegated Bunting (Emberiza principalis).
1792 G. Shaw Musei Leveriani 38 The Variegated Baboon.
1801 G. Shaw Gen. Zool. II. 17 Variegated Cavy.
1801 G. Shaw Gen. Zool. II. 123 Variegated Marmot.
1802 G. Shaw Gen. Zool. III. i. 235 Variegated Lizard.
1804 G. Shaw Gen. Zool. V. ii. 439 Variegated Sun-fish.
1814 W. E. Leach Zool. Misc. I. 117 Variegated Coucal.
Also, I could swear I'd already included this word, but apparently not.
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Source: Oxford English Dictionary