Definition of natant in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈneɪt(ə)nt/


technical or literary
Swimming or floating.
Example sentences
  • 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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