Thursday, January 06, 2011
Definitions for chatoyant
- Having changeable lustre; twinkling.
- (Of a gem, esp a cabochon) displaying a band of light reflected off inclusions of other minerals.
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Citations for chatoyant
Chatoyant is that kind of white which the eye of a cat assumes in the dark: The translator observes, truly, that there is no English word for it; the idea is that of a semi-transparent whiteness.
Its chatoyant, iridescent colors suggest the fancy that it might have had its birth in the crystallization of some magnificent aurora.
Origin of chatoyant
Chatoyant's poetic origin lies in the French chatoyer, "to gleam like a cat's eyes," from the French chat, "cat."