engaged in or having the power of flight.
moving lightly; nimble.
Also called volant piece. Armor. a reinforcing piece for the brow of a helmet.

1500–10; < French, present participle of voler to fly < Latin volāre; see -ant

nonvolant, adjective
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volant (ˈvəʊlənt)
1.  (usually postpositive) heraldry in a flying position
2.  rare flying or capable of flight
3.  poetic moving lightly or agilely; nimble
[C16: from French: flying, from voler to fly, from Latin volāre]

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"flying," 1509, from M.Fr., from L. volantem (nom. volans), prp. of volare "to fly," of unknown origin. Fr. voler, lit. "to fly," in 16c. acquired a sense of "to steal," via the trans. meaning "to make fly."
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Genetic tests of rapid parallel speciation of flightless birds from an extant volant ancestor.
Both similarities and differences exist between subpopulations of cutaneous nerves in the emu and volant birds.
The presence of a pit lake with poor water quality is a concern for all terrestrial and volant wildlife in the vicinity.
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