having a changeable color or luster: chatoyant silk
Origin of chatoyantFr, present participle of chatoyer, to change luster like the eye of a cat ; from chat, cat
a gem or polished stone, as the cat's-eye, with such luster
Having a changeable luster.
A chatoyant stone or gemstone, such as the cat's-eye.
Origin of chatoyantFrench, present participle of chatoyer, to shimmer like cats' eyes, from chat, cat, from Vulgar Latin *cattus, perhaps of African origin.
(comparative more chatoyant, superlative most chatoyant)
- (jewelry) Having a certain optical reflectance effect, which can be likened to the sheen of a spool of silk.
- (mineralogy) A hard stone, such as the cat's-eye, which presents on a polished surface, and in the interior, an undulating or wavy light.