Sunday, November 24, 2013

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chatoyant

[shuh-toi-uhnt]

adjective
1. changing in luster or color: chatoyant silk.
2. Jewelry. reflecting a single streak of light when cut in a cabochon.
noun
3. Jewelry. a cabochon-cut gemstone having this reflected streak, as a chrysoberyl cat's-eye.

Origin:
1790–1800; < French, special use of present participle of chatoyer to change luster like a cat's eye, equivalent to chat cat 1 + -oy- v. suffix + -ant -ant
Related forms
cha·toy·ance, cha·toy·an·cy, noun


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