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cat's eye

or cat's-eye

[ kats-ahy ]
/ ˈkætsˌaɪ /
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noun, plural cat's eyes, cat's-eyes.

any of certain gems having a chatoyant luster, especially chrysoberyl.
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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British Dictionary definitions for cat's eye (1 of 2)

cat's-eye

noun

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
Also called: ataata a grazing marine gastropod, Turbo smaragdus, of New Zealand waters

British Dictionary definitions for cat's eye (2 of 2)

Catseye
/ (ˈkætsˌaɪ) /

noun

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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