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noun, plural cat's-eyes.
  1. any of certain gems having a chatoyant luster, especially chrysoberyl.
  2. a playing marble marked with eyelike concentric circles.
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Origin of cat's-eye

First recorded in 1545–55
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Examples from the Web for catseye

Historical Examples of catseye

  • At every change of form a catseye will disappear and return to me.

    The Rainbow Book Tales of Fun & Fancy

    Mabel Henriette Spielmann

  • Dulcie recognised at once the curious colouring of a catseye.

British Dictionary definitions for catseye


  1. trademark British a glass reflector set into a small fixture, placed at intervals along roads to indicate traffic lanes at night
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  1. any of a group of gemstones, esp a greenish-yellow variety of chrysoberyl, that reflect a streak of light when cut in a rounded unfaceted shape
  2. Also called: ataata a grazing marine gastropod, Turbo smaragdus, of New Zealand waters
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