One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
predicative (of the upper part of an animal) shown rising up or out from another bearing, especially from the bottom of a chief or from behind a fess.
- ‘This is because the charges on the shield duplicate the crest which in many cases is a demi-creature issuant from a crown.’
Early 17th century: from issue + -ant (on the pattern of French present participles ending in -ant).
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