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naiant

Line breaks: nai¦ant
Pronunciation: /ˈneɪənt
 
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Definition of naiant in English:

adjective

[postpositive] Heraldry
(Of a fish or marine creature) swimming horizontally.
Example sentences
  • Badge for the Barony of the Far West - Gules, a dolphin embowed naiant argent through an annulet Or.
  • Fish are in general naiant by default; the exception are the crustaceans, which are tergaint by default.
  • Sometimes it is emblazoned naiant embowed where the fish forms an ‘arch’.

Origin

mid 16th century: from Anglo-Norman French, variant of Old French noiant 'swimming', present participle of noier, from Latin natare 'to swim'.

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