passant
Adjective

passant (not comparable)

  1. (heraldry, of a four-legged animal) Walking, usually to the right, and looking straight ahead with the right forepaw raised from the ground. [from 15th c.]
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Qveene. […], London: Printed [by John Wolfe] for VVilliam Ponsonbie, OCLC 960102938 ↗, book III, canto I:
      He them espying, gan himselfe prepare, / And on his arme addresse his goodly shield / That bore a Lion passant in a golden field.
  2. (obsolete) Currently in use; in vogue. [17th-19th c.]
    • 1646, Sir Thomas Browne, Pseudodoxia Epidemica, III.7:
      Many opinions are passant concerning the basilisk, or little king of serpents, commonly called the cockatrice [...].



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