One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A semi-precious stone, especially chalcedony, with a band of bright lustre.
- ‘At Badgley Mischka, beads were everywhere, from pearls to garnet cat's eye crystals to opalescent moonstones.’
- ‘Emeralds, rubies, diamonds, blue sapphire, pearls, yellow sapphire, cat's eye, garnets, amethyst, jade, etc., are just some of the stones which are said to have healing properties.’
- ‘Blue symbolizes a cat's eye gem, with the meaning of strength and happiness, angels watching over and protection.’
- ‘The hilt is topped with a large cat's eye ruby.’
- ‘Her correspondences include the planet Venus, the Strength tarot card, the symbols of a box or a basket, the gems obsidian, citrine, cat's eye and tiger's eye.’
2British trademark A reflective stud set into a road as one of a series to mark traffic lanes or the edge of the carriageway by reflecting light from headlights.
- ‘He said a damaged cat's eye in the middle of the road could also have affected Mr Burnett's balance.’
- ‘The contrast between the brilliance of her eyes and the darkness of her fur was incredible; like the catseyes down the middle of a road, shining in a car's headlights.’
- ‘They are being replaced with traditional reflective road studs, popularly known as catseyes, while the cause of the problem is investigated.’
- ‘The first edition of the Highway Code followed a year later while cat's eyes, invented by Percy Shaw, were used to guide road users in the dark in 1934.’
- ‘At the time of the accident, there were no central cat's eyes because they had been removed for road re-surfacing work that was planned.’
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