Origin of saltant

1595–1605; < Latin saltant- (stem of saltāns, present participle of saltāre to jump about, dance, frequentative of salīre to jump), equivalent to sal- jump + -t- frequentative suffix + -ant- -ant Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for saltant


  1. (of an organism) differing from others of its species because of a saltation

Word Origin for saltant

C17: from Latin saltāns dancing, from saltāre, from salīre to spring
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