passant

adjective
pas·​sant | \ ˈpa-sᵊnt How to pronounce passant (audio) \

Definition of passant

: walking with the farther forepaw raised used of a heraldic animal

First Known Use of passant

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for passant

Middle English passaunt, from Anglo-French passant, from present participle of passer to pass

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“Passant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/passant. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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