Na"tant (?), a. [L. natans, -antis, from swim, v. intens. fr. nare to swim: cf. F. natant.]
Floating in water, as the leaves of water lilies, or submersed, as those of many aquatic plants.
Placed horizontally across the field, as if swimmimg toward the dexter side; said of all sorts of fishes except the flying fish.
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