chatoyant

[ shuh-toi-uhnt ]
/ ʃəˈtɔɪ ənt /

adjective

changing in luster or color: chatoyant silk.
Jewelry. reflecting a single streak of light when cut in a cabochon.

noun

Jewelry. a cabochon-cut gemstone having this reflected streak, as a chrysoberyl cat's eye.

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Origin of chatoyant

First recorded in 1790–1800; from French, present participle of chatoyer “to change luster like a cat's eye,” derivative of chat “cat”; cf. cat

OTHER WORDS FROM chatoyant

cha·toy·ance, cha·toy·an·cy, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for chatoyant

chatoyant
/ (ʃəˈtɔɪənt) /

adjective

having changeable lustre; twinkling
(of a gem, esp a cabochon) displaying a band of light reflected off inclusions of other minerals

noun

a gemstone with a changeable lustre, such as a cat's eye

Derived forms of chatoyant

chatoyancy, noun

Word Origin for chatoyant

C18: from French, from chatoyer to gleam like a cat's eyes, from chat cat 1
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