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British Dictionary definitions for naissant

naissant

adjective
  1. heraldry (of a beast) having only the forepart shown above a horizontal division of a shield
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Word Origin

C16: from Old French, literally: being born. See nascent
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Word Origin and History for naissant

adj.

1570s, from French naissant, present participle of naître (see naissance).

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