chatoyant

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English[edit]

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A chatoyant tiger's eye

Etymology[edit]

From French chatoyant, present participle of chatoyer, from chat (cat) (because of the reflective qualities of a cat's eye).

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

chatoyant (comparative more chatoyant, superlative most chatoyant)

  1. (jewelry) Having a certain optical reflectance effect, which can be likened to the sheen of a spool of silk.

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Noun[edit]

chatoyant (plural chatoyants)

  1. (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.

French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

chatoyant

  1. Present participle of chatoyer.

Adjective[edit]

chatoyant m (feminine chatoyante, masculine plural chatoyants, feminine plural chatoyantes)

  1. shimmering, iridescent