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orant

[awr-uh nt, ohr-]
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noun Fine Arts.
  1. a representation of a female figure, with outstretched arms and palms up in a gesture of prayer, in ancient and early Christian art.
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Also o·ran·te [aw-ran-tee, oh-ran-] /ɔˈræn ti, oʊˈræn-/, orans.

Origin of orant

1895–1900; < Medieval Latin ōrant- (stem of ōrāns), present participle of ōrāre to plead. See oration, -ant
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  • Calig´orant, an Egyptian giant and cannibal, who used to entrap travellers with an invisible net.

    Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama, Vol 1

    The Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D.