- changing in luster or color: chatoyant silk.
- Jewelry. reflecting a single streak of light when cut in a cabochon.
- Jewelry. a cabochon-cut gemstone having this reflected streak, as a chrysoberyl cat's-eye.
Origin of chatoyant
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Cymophane, or chatoyant chrysoberyl, may also be asteriated.
She invariably wore gloves out of doors and a veil to conceal the chatoyant eyes.The Green Eyes of Bst
There was a river there too; not a little bolt of chatoyant silk like the Avon, which they would have called a "crick" back there.
The chatoyant eyes of the leopard stared back, a flicker of restlessness in their brilliant yellow deeps.The Adventures of Kathlyn
- having changeable lustre; twinkling
- (of a gem, esp a cabochon) displaying a band of light reflected off inclusions of other minerals
- a gemstone with a changeable lustre, such as a cat's eye
C18: from French, from chatoyer to gleam like a cat's eyes, from chat cat 1
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