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variant

noun [C] uk   /ˈveə.ri.ənt/ us    /ˈver.i-/
something that is slightly different from other similar things: There are many colas on the market now, all variants on the original drink. There are four variants of malaria, all transmitted to humans by a particular family of mosquitoes.

variant

adjective uk   /ˈveə.ri.ənt/ us    /ˈver.i-/
different: a variant form Words spelled with "ae", such as "encyclopaedia", have a variant spelling with "e", as in "encyclopedia".
Translations of “variant”
in Chinese (Traditional) 變體, 變種, 變形…
in Russian разновидность, вариант…
in Turkish biraz değişik biçimi…
in Chinese (Simplified) 变体, 变种, 变形…
in Polish odmiana, wariant…
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