American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Having a changeable luster.
- n. A chatoyant stone or gemstone, such as the cat's-eye.
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.
- adj. jewelry Having a certain optical reflectance effect, which can be likened to the sheen of a spool of silk.
- n. 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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Min.) Having a changeable, varying luster, or color, like that of a changeable silk, or oa a cat's eye in the dark.
- n. (Min.) A hard stone, as the
cat's-eye, which presents on a polished surface, and in the interior, an undulating or wary light.
- adj. varying in color when seen in different lights or from different angles
- From French chatoyant, present participle of chatoyer, from chat ("cat") (because of the reflective qualities of a cat's eye). (Wiktionary)
- 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)
“The varying colors and luster of the stones is called a chatoyant effect, and is due to internal microscopic hollow channels in the stone itself.”
“Tigers Eye is what they call "chatoyant," - the so called cat's eye effect.”
“Another interesting variety of this blue sapphire is one known as "chatoyant"; this has a rapidly changing lustre, which seems to undulate between a green-yellow and a luminous blue, with a phosphorescent glow, or fire, something like that seen in the eyes of a cat in the dark, or the steady, burning glow observed when the cat is fascinating a bird -- hence its name.”
“She saw Lucifer, along with the other white winged angels being cast from Heaven: a chatoyant harmony of colors reflected from their extraordinary falling movements until they eventually disappeared into a deep, dark void.”
“Either because they possessed a chatoyant quality of their own (as I had often suspected), or by reason of the light reflected through the open window, the green eyes gleamed upon me vividly like those of a giant cat.”
“She invariably wore gloves out of doors and a veil to conceal the chatoyant eyes.”
“There was a river there too; not a little bolt of chatoyant silk like the Avon, which they would have called a "crick" back there.”
“He shook himself free and stood straight, his jaws hard and his eyes, absorbing what light there was from the stars, chatoyant.”
“Her luxuriant hair, which lay in careless masses about the shapely head and intelligent brow, was a mixture of red and brown and gold, a variety which never ceases to charm; skin the pallor of ancient marble, with the shadow of rose lying below the eyes, the large, gray chatoyant eyes, which answered every impulse of the brain which ruled them.”
“As Beryl pushed open the iron door, and held up the lantern, that its brightness might stream into the cell, where even at five o'clock in the afternoon of a rainy day darkness reigned, the rays flashed back from the glowing eyes chatoyant as a cougar's.”
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