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.
- cha·toy·ance, cha·toy·an·cy, noun
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How to use chatoyant in a sentence
The chatoyant eyes of the leopard stared back, a flicker of restlessness in their brilliant yellow deeps.The Adventures of Kathlyn | Harold MacGrath
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 | Sax Rohmer
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 Best Short Stories of 1920 | Various
British Dictionary definitions for chatoyant
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
- chatoyancy, noun
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