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jessant

[ jes-uhnt ]

adjective

, Heraldry.
  1. shooting up, as a plant.
  2. coming forth; issuant.


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Word History and Origins

Origin of jessant1

1600–10; perhaps alteration of obsolete issant issuant, by association with obsolete jessant (of a charge) lying on top of another charge < Middle French gesant (present participle of gesir Latin jacēre to lie), equivalent to ges- lie + -ant -ant

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Example Sentences

A curious development or use of the leopard's face occurs when it is jessant-de-lis (Fig. 332).

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