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David Ragan
12-05-2017, 7:10 AM
Thought some might be interested in the origin of a word we often use:

From:


Wordsmith.org The Magic of Words

(They have a "Word a day" subscription list)


Chatoyant


PRONUNCIATION:

(shuh-TOI-uhnt)


MEANING:

adjective: Having a changeable luster like that of a catís eye at night.
noun: A chatoyant gemstone, such as a catís eye.


ETYMOLOGY:

From French, present participle of chatoyer (to shine like a catís eye), from chat (cat). Earliest documented use: 1816.


USAGE:

ďA chatoyant gleam twinkled from his steel blue eyes.Ē
Al Patterson; Fire in the Bosom; Page Publishing; 2014.

See more usage examples of chatoyant in Vocabulary.comís dictionary.