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volant

[ voh-luhnt ]
/ ˈvoʊ lənt /
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adjective
engaged in or having the power of flight.
moving lightly; nimble.
Heraldry. (of a bird) represented as having the wings extended for flight: an eagle volant clutching a fish in its claws.
noun
Also called volant piece .Armor. a reinforcing piece for the brow of a helmet.
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Origin of volant

First recorded in 1540–50; from French, present participle of voler “to fly,” from Latin volāre; see -ant

OTHER WORDS FROM volant

non·vo·lant, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for volant

volant
/ (ˈvəʊlənt) /

adjective
(usually postpositive) heraldry in a flying position
rare flying or capable of flight
poetic moving lightly or agilely; nimble

Word Origin for volant

C16: from French: flying, from voler to fly, from Latin volāre
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