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volant

[voh-luh nt] /ˈvoʊ lənt/
adjective
1.
engaged in or having the power of flight.
2.
moving lightly; nimble.
noun
3.
Also called volant piece. Armor. a reinforcing piece for the brow of a helmet.
Origin
1500-1510
1500-10; < French, present participle of voler to fly < Latin volāre; see -ant
Related forms
nonvolant, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for volant-piece

volant

/ˈvəʊlənt/
adjective
1.
(usually postpositive) (heraldry) in a flying position
2.
(rare) flying or capable of flight
3.
(poetic) moving lightly or agilely; nimble
Word Origin
C16: from French: flying, from voler to fly, from Latin volāre
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Word Origin and History for volant-piece
volant
"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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