One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Swimming or floating.
- ‘Previously unstudied and earlier-known specimens have revealed the wide cephalic doublure and median ventral suture in Stenopilus; the hypostome is unknown but was probably natant.’
- ‘It is likely that the primitive sister group of the Asaphida was a member of Ptychopariida with a natant hypostomal condition: derived members are either conterminant or impendent.’
- ‘The natant decapods engage in the most extensive grooming.’
- ‘Since two of the primitive calymenides, Pharostomina and Bavarilla, had natant hypostomes it seems very likely that the Cambrian sister taxon would also be natant.’
- ‘The hypostome and its condition, natant or conterminant, is unknown.’
Mid 18th century: from Latin natant- ‘swimming’, from the verb natare.
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