from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (adj) Having a wavy floating light; opalescent; chatoyant.
People often wonder how it comes about that the and cantankerous habitant of the north is into the cymophanous and agreeable bird that he after reaching this country.
Crosses, cups, vases, medallions, chalices, monstrances, pyxes, crucifixes, statuettes, lamps, candelabra, platters, mitres, coffers, goblets, ewers, urns, epergnes, reliquaries, vessels of every shape and size, all glittering in gold or silver, embossed, engraved, perforated, damascened, intagliated, relieved sumptuously with figures and designs, and in large part set with iridescent gems, cymophanous or prismatic as the changing hues of the chameleon.
In her faded mediaeval gowns with her plaits of golden hair - in the first scene she it loose - Mary Garden became at once in spectator's mind the princess of enchanted castles, the cymophanous heroine of a feerie, the dream a poet's tale.
‘Cymophanous’ comes from Greek words meaning ‘wave’ and ‘transparent.’