Definition of volant in English:


Syllabification: vo·lant
Pronunciation: /ˈvōlənt


  • 1(Of an animal) able to fly or glide: newly volant young
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    • All birds-even the largest volant species, have relatively low wing loadings relative to, for example, airplanes.
    • Among volant insects, behavior and time spent in flight varies greatly, both influencing probability of being swept off by the air stream.
    • Based on the fact that young M. lucifugus are volant at three weeks of age, parturition on Brier Island must have occurred by 25 June.
  • 1.1Of, relating to, or characterized by flight: volant ways of life
  • 1.2 [usually postpositive] Heraldry Represented as flying: a falcon volant
  • 1.3 literary Moving rapidly or lightly: her sails caught a volant wind


mid 16th century (as a military term in the sense 'capable of rapid movement'): from French, literally 'flying', present participle of voler, from Latin volare 'to fly'.

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