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orant

[ awr-uhnt, ohr- ]
/ ˈɔr ənt, ˈoʊr- /
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noun Fine Arts.

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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