chatoyer

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French[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

chat +‎ -oyer, referring to the tapetum of the cat's eye

Verb[edit]

chatoyer

  1. (intransitive) to iridesce (to reflect light in different colors depending on the direction and orientation)

Conjugation[edit]

This verb is part of a large group of -er verbs that conjugate like noyer or ennuyer. These verbs always replace the ‘y’ with an ‘i’ before a silent ‘e’.

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