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naissant

/ˈneɪsənt/
adjective
1.
(heraldry) (of a beast) having only the forepart shown above a horizontal division of a shield
Word Origin
C16: from Old French, literally: being born. See nascent
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Word Origin and History for naissant
adj.

1570s, from French naissant, present participle of naître (see naissance).

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