Chatoyant meaning

shə-toi'ənt
Having a changeable luster.
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A chatoyant stone or gemstone, such as the cat's-eye.
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Having a changeable color or luster.

Chatoyant silk.

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A gem or polished stone, as the cat's-eye, with such luster.
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(jewelry) Having a certain optical reflectance effect, which can be likened to the sheen of a spool of silk.
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(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.
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Origin of chatoyant

  • French present participle of chatoyer to shimmer like cats' eyes from chat cat from Vulgar Latin cattus perhaps of African origin
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From French chatoyant, present participle of chatoyer, from chat (“cat”) (because of the reflective qualities of a cat's eye).
    From Wiktionary