david r. george iii

Versicolor

Adjective

[vur-si-kuhl-er] 

1. changeable in color:
    versicolor skies.

2. of various colors; parti-colored:
    a versicolor flower arrangement.

Origin:
Versicolor comes from the Latin roots vers meaning “to turn” and color. It entered English in the 1620s.

“The versicolor glow of the Algeron Effect, just a few hundred thousand kilometers from the space station, angled through the viewing port and stippled the far wall.”
- David R. George III, Serpents Among the Ruins

“Quark,” Odo said at last. He was pleased to see Quark start at the sound of his voice. The Ferengi turned and gazed up at him.

“Where did you come from?” Quark asked, seemingly flustered. “How long have you been standing there?” Odo did not believe that he was acting, but it was difficult to know with certainty; Quark was nothing if not devious.

“I didn’t come from anywhere,” Odo replied. “I’m always by your side, Quark. How else would I be able to catch you in the act of committing a crime?”

“You haven’t caught me yet,” Quark remarked. “Then again, it’s always been my policy not to break the law.”
 
Odo tried to laugh. It came out as a quick exhalation of breath, a fleeting burst of noise. He had learned much about humor in his life, but it still often required an effort for him to participate and react the way other people did. It was less the result of his changeling nature, he thought, than the philosophical rigidity born of his dedication to justice.

—  The 34th Rule by Armin Shimerman and David R. George III