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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".
(Definition of variant from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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