Definition of natant in English:


Line breaks: na¦tant
Pronunciation: /ˈneɪt(ə)nt


technical or • literary
  • Swimming or floating.
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    • Previously unstudied and earlier-known specimens have revealed the wide cephalic doublure and median ventral suture in Stenopilus; the hypostome is unknown but was probably natant.
    • It is likely that the primitive sister group of the Asaphida was a member of Ptychopariida with a natant hypostomal condition: derived members are either conterminant or impendent.
    • Since two of the primitive calymenides, Pharostomina and Bavarilla, had natant hypostomes it seems very likely that the Cambrian sister taxon would also be natant.


mid 18th century: from Latin natant- 'swimming', from the verb natare.

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