Entry from British & World English dictionary
(Of an animal) moving with a creeping or crawling action.
- Its four legs, and reptant motions show that it is most nearly connected with the Reptiles.
- The majority of gastropods are reptant, but of these some few can swim.
- Next, the transition to a reptant life takes place.
Mid 17th century: from Latin reptant-, from the verb reptare 'to creep'.
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