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- adj. rising; applied to a bird in the attitude of rising, or in profile with wings addorsed
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Rising; -- applied to a bird in the attitude of rising; also, sometmes, to a bird in profile with wings addorsed.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In heraldry, starting up, as from being roused or alarmed: noting a bird in the attitude of rising, as if preparing to take flight. When applied to a swan it is understood that the wings are indorsed. Also spelled roussant.
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Also out of a ducal coronet, Or, a swan rousant Argent, ducally collared and chained of the 1st, holding in its beak Sable, an os - trich feather of the 2dj (which crest was granted to his Lordship, vol. 11. 2 1