cha·​toy·​an·​cy shə-ˈtȯi-ən(t)-sē How to pronounce chatoyancy (audio)
: the quality or state of being chatoyant

Examples of chatoyancy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This results in a high-gloss finish that accentuates the chatoyancy, or shimmering sheen, that’s found in some wood, including some mahogany, the wood often used to make pie-crust tables. Washington Post, 8 Mar. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1894, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chatoyancy was in 1894

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Cite this Entry

“Chatoyancy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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