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volant

Syllabification: vo·lant
Pronunciation: /ˈvōlənt
 
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Definition of volant in English:

adjective

Zoology
1(Of an animal) able to fly or glide: newly volant young
More example sentences
  • 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

Origin

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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