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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various semiprecious gems such as chrysoberyl, BeAl2O4, reflecting a band of light that shifts position as the gem is turned.
  • noun A glass or plastic reflector designed to glow in the beam of a headlight, used on a vehicle as a safety device or set in rows along a highway as lane markers.
  • noun A marble having an eyelike design, such as concentric circles or a colored center set in clear glass.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A variety of quartz, very hard and semi-transparent, and from certain points exhibiting a yellowish opalescent radiation or chatoyant appearance, whence the name.
  • noun A species of the plant scabious, Scabiosa stellata.
  • noun In pathology, an opalescent appearance of the eye in certain cases of amaurosis.
  • noun See tiger's-eye.
  • noun The operculum of a marine mollusk, Turbo smaragdus.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Min.) A variety of quartz or chalcedony, exhibiting opalescent reflections from within, like the eye of a cat. The name is given to other gems affording like effects, esp. the chrysoberyl.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun mineralogy A gemstone mineral (a variety of chalcedonic quartz) that has a lustre resembling the eye of a cat when cut en cabochon
  • noun UK, New Zealand Any of a chain of reflecting studs used to demarcate traffic lanes.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun any of various gems (as chrysoberyl or chalcedony) that reflect light when cut in a rounded shape


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  • i.e. chrysoberyl

    May 5, 2011