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common or garden variety

A standard, unexceptional, or commonly found kind (of thing). Primarily heard in UK. That's just your common or garden variety house spider; there's no need to be concerned about its bite.
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garden variety

A standard, unexceptional, or commonly found kind (of thing). That's just your garden variety house spider; there's no need to be concerned about its bite.
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variety is the spice of life

Having many different experiences is what makes life interesting, exciting, enjoyable, or worthwhile. I think everyone should travel the world. Variety is the spice of life, after all! You should really start trying new foods instead of eating the same thing all the time. Variety is the spice of life.
See also: life, of, spice, variety

Variety is the spice of life.

Prov. Cliché You should try many different kinds of experiences, because trying different things keeps life interesting. I know we usually spend our summer vacation camping out, but I think we should try something different this year. Variety is the spice of life.
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garden variety

Ordinary, common, as in I don't want anything special in a VCR-the garden variety will do. This term alludes to a common plant as opposed to a specially bred hybrid. [Colloquial; 1920]
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variety is the spice of life

Diversity makes life interesting, as in Jim dates a different girl every week-variety is the spice of life, he claims. This phrase comes from William Cowper's poem, "The Task" (1785): "Variety is the very spice of life, That gives it all its flavor."
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variety store

A retail shop that carries a large selection of usually inexpensive merchandise, as in What this town needs is a good variety store. [Second half of 1700s]
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common-or-garden

BRITISH or

garden-variety

AMERICAN
COMMON You use common-or-garden to describe something of a very ordinary kind and with no special features. These are designer rain boots — not your common-or-garden wellies. He's just a common-or-garden petty criminal. The experiment itself is garden-variety science that normally would attract little public attention. Note: These expressions were originally used to describe the most ordinary variety of a species of plant.

variety is the spice of life

People say that variety is the spice of life, to mean that doing and seeing a lot of different things makes life more enjoyable and interesting. Families have discovered that variety is the spice of life and are switching to adventurous meals like curries, tacos and Chinese food. It is important to vary the training program so that boredom is avoided. Exercise should be fun and variety is the spice of life.
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variety is the spice of life

new and exciting experiences make life more interesting.
This proverbial expression comes from William Cowper 's poem ‘The Task’ ( 1785 ): ‘Variety's the very spice of life, That gives it all its flavour’.
See also: life, of, spice, variety

variety is the spice of ˈlife

(saying) a variety of different activities, interests, places or people in your life makes it more enjoyable: We never go on holiday to the same place twice. It’s good to see different things, and you know what they say — variety is the spice of life.
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Heinz 57 (variety)

(hɑɪnz...)
1. n. a mongrel breed of dog. (From the trade name of a condiment company.) We have one pedigreed dog and one Heinz 57 variety.
2. n. any mixture or mixed variety; any composition variable or undetermined parts. Our old house was sort of Heinz 57. A little bit of a lot of styles.
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Kenya Seed Company managing director Azariah Soi said they will identify, for replacement, maize varieties that have been in production for too long and whose yields have decreased.
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CPF-248 will replace the old medium maturing commercial varieties like SPF-234, HSF-240 and SPF-245.
Many retailers are beginning to use these limited volume varieties as special in-and-out items through in-store features, print ads and store displays.
In old Portuguese vineyards, many of these varieties were trained in a style similar to head-pruned vines (gobelet) and planted at high densities, since the sites typically have low fertility and water-holding capacities.
The reason for certain mango varieties facing extinction threat is the fact that mangoes like Dussheri, Chosa, Lucknowi have taken over the market in a big manner.
In any environment where stresses occur unpredictably, combining pure varieties that have complementary strengths can help stabilize yields," says Cowger.
There are several apple varieties that do well in the Valley.
However, Poland sent a request to the Commission for a national ban on the use of these varieties on the basis of Article 16(2)(b) of Directive 2002/53/EC on the Common Catalogue of Varieties of Agricultural Plant Species.
They also worry that the spread of GM crops, which are supplied mainly by a handful of multinational companies, fuels corporate ownership of the seed supply and threatens the purity of indigenous crops, with which GM varieties can breed by cross-pollination.
This system is also contributing to the growing erosion of plant varieties available to everyone, as fewer and fewer varieties are being planted and stored.
In a constant quest to lessen such disappointments, food manufacturers relentlessly breed corn with their sights set on varieties that pop best.
THE APPLICATION of intellectual property rights (IPR) to plant varieties affects a number of groups with different priorities: researchers, growers, seed companies, and consumers, making it a complex matter to strike the optimal balance of interests.