cat's-eye

noun \ ˈkat-ˌsī \

Definition of cat's-eye

plural cat's-eyes
1 :any of various gems (such as a chrysoberyl or a chalcedony) exhibiting opalescent reflections from within
2 :a marble with eyelike concentric circles

First Known Use of cat's-eye

circa 1599


CAT'S-EYE Defined for English Language Learners

cat's-eye

noun

Definition of cat's-eye for English Language Learners

  • : a jewel that has a pale stripe running down its middle which makes it look like the eye of a cat

  • : a marble with round circles that look like eyes


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