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natant

[neyt-nt] /ˈneɪt nt/
adjective
1.
swimming; floating.
2.
Botany. floating on water, as the leaf of an aquatic plant.
Origin
1700-1710
1700-10; < Latin natant- (stem of natāns), present participle of natāre to swim; see -ant
Related forms
natantly, adverb
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natant

/ˈneɪtənt/
adjective
1.
(of aquatic plants) floating on the water
2.
(rare) floating or swimming
Word Origin
C18: from Latin natāns, present participle of natāre to swim
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Word Origin and History for natant
adj.

1707, from Latin natantem, present participle of natare "to swim," frequentative of nare "to swim" (see natatorium).

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