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ʃəˈtɔɪ əntcha·toy·ant

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. changeable, chatoyant, iridescent, shotadjective

    varying in color when seen in different lights or from different angles

    "changeable taffeta"; "chatoyant (or shot) silk"; "a dragonfly hovered, vibrating and iridescent"


  1. chatoyantadjective

    Having a certain optical reflectance effect, which can be likened to the sheen of a spool of silk.

  2. Etymology: From chatoyant, present participle of chatoyer, from chat (because of the reflective qualities of a cat's eye).


  1. chatoyant

    In gemology, chatoyancy ( shə-TOY-ən-see), or chatoyance or cat's eye effect, is an optical reflectance effect seen in certain gemstones, woods, and carbon fibre. Coined from the French "œil de chat", meaning "cat's eye", chatoyancy arises either from the fibrous structure of a material, as in tiger's eye quartz, or from fibrous inclusions or cavities within the stone, as in cat's eye chrysoberyl.


  1. chatoyant

    Chatoyant is a term used to describe a changeable lustrous reflection, similar to a cat's eye, in certain gemstones or minerals, often caused by parallel fibres or inclusions within the stone. The term is derived from the French word "chatoyant" meaning "to shine like a cat's eye". Most commonly associated with gemstones such as tiger's eye or certain types of chalcedony.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Chatoyantadjective

    having a changeable, varying luster, or color, like that of a changeable silk, or oa a cat's eye in the dark

  2. Chatoyantnoun

    a hard stone, as the cat's-eye, which presents on a polished surface, and in the interior, an undulating or wary light

  3. Etymology: [F., p. pr. of chatoyer to be chatoyant, fr. chat cat.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Chatoyant

    shat-oi′ant, adj. with a changing lustre, like a cat's eye in the dark. [Fr.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of chatoyant in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of chatoyant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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