[jes-uh nt]

adjective Heraldry.

shooting up, as a plant.
coming forth; issuant.

Origin of jessant

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 gesirLatin jacēre to lie), equivalent to ges- lie + -ant -ant Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019