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Dec 5, 2017
This week’s theme
Illustrated words

This week’s words
bibliomania
chatoyant
gastronome
quaggy
robustious

chatoyant
Illustration: Leah Palmer Preiss

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chatoyant

PRONUNCIATION:
(shuh-TOI-uhnt)

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

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

USAGE:
“A chatoyant gleam twinkled from his steel blue eyes.”
Al Patterson; Fire in the Bosom; Page Publishing; 2014.

See more usage examples of chatoyant in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
I don't believe in playing down to children, either in life or in motion pictures. I didn't treat my own youngsters like fragile flowers, and I think no parent should. Children are people, and they should have to reach to learn about things, to understand things, just as adults have to reach if they want to grow in mental stature. Life is composed of lights and shadows, and we would be untruthful, insincere, and saccharine if we tried to pretend there were no shadows. Most things are good, and they are the strongest things; but there are evil things too, and you are not doing a child a favor by trying to shield him from reality. -Walt Disney, entrepreneur and animator (5 Dec 1901-1966)

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