Having a changeable luster.
A chatoyant stone or gemstone, such as the cat's-eye.
Having a changeable color or luster.
A gem or polished stone, as the cat's-eye, with such luster.
(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.
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