from The Century Dictionary.

  • In heraldry, in the attitude of swimming: said of a fish used as a bearing. See cut under natant.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective (Her.) See natant.

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  • adjective heraldry, of a fish depicted swimming horizontally

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  • adjective applied to a fish depicted horizontally


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  • If I were supporting a team, I'd go with the Saints because my HS and college colors were black-and-gold ... and so is my SCA device (sable, a narwhal naiant contourny).

    Tomorrow's the Big Game grrm 2010

  • This is a simplified form of the ancient heraldic emblem of the cook's guild, which was a hair _frizzé naiant_ in a dish of soup _maigre_.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 150, March 8, 1916 Various 1898

  • Fish, represented swimming in fesse, are “_naiant_”; if they are in pale, they are “_hauriant_,” No. 164; but if their heads are to the base, the term “_urinant_” is said to apply, but I cannot say I have so far come across an authenticated instance of the use of this word; if their bodies are bent, as the Dolphin is generally represented, they are

    The Handbook to English Heraldry Charles Boutell 1844


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