chatoyancy

noun
cha·​toy·​an·​cy | \ shə-ˈtȯi-ən(t)-sē How to pronounce chatoyancy (audio) \

Definition of chatoyancy

: 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, "Can the pie-crust molding on my antique table be repaired?," 8 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of chatoyancy

1894, in the meaning defined above

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“Chatoyancy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chatoyancy. Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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