from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Having a changeable luster.
- n. A chatoyant stone or gemstone, such as the cat's-eye.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Having a certain optical reflectance effect, which can be likened to the sheen of a spool of silk.
- n. A hard stone, such as the cat's-eye, which presents on a polished surface, and in the interior, an undulating or wavy light.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Having a changeable, varying luster, or color, like that of a changeable silk, or oa a cat's eye in the dark.
- n. A hard stone, as the cat's-eye, which presents on a polished surface, and in the interior, an undulating or wary light.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Changing in luster or color, like a cat's eye in the dark.
- n. A kind of hard stone or gem having when cut and polished a chatoyant luster; cat′ s-eye.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. varying in color when seen in different lights or from different angles
French, present participle of chatoyer, to shimmer like cats' eyes, from chat, cat, from Vulgar Latin *cattus, perhaps of African origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French chatoyant, present participle of chatoyer, from chat ("cat") (because of the reflective qualities of a cat's eye). (Wiktionary)