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Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Definitions for chatoyant

  1. changing in luster or color: chatoyant silk.
  2. Jewelry. reflecting a single streak of light when cut in a cabochon.
  3. Jewelry. a cabochon-cut gemstone having this reflected streak, as a chrysoberyl cat's-eye.

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Citations for chatoyant
... at the approach of Easter holidays, when my parents had promised to let me spend them, for once, in the north of Italy, in place of those dreams of tempests ... was substituted in me the contrary dream of the most chatoyant of springs ... Marcel Proust, In Search of Lost Time, Volume 1: Swann's Way, translated by C. K. Scott Moncrieff, 1922
My mother's astonishing, chatoyant gray eyes could see through solid walls and beyond to the horizon. I had no doubt of that. Anne Rivers Siddons, Off Season, 2008
Origin of chatoyant
1790-1800
Chatoyant came to English from a special use of the present participle of the French verb chantoyer “to change luster like a cat’s eye.” It entered English in the late 1700s.
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