Definition of reptant in English:

reptant

adjective

Zoology
  • (of an animal) moving with a creeping or crawling action.

    • ‘Next, the transition to a reptant life takes place.’
    • ‘Its four legs, and reptant motions show that it is most nearly connected with the Reptiles.’
    • ‘The majority of gastropods are reptant, but of these some few can swim.’
    • ‘The Carcineretidae is a heterogeneous group of reptant and natatory crabs.’
    • ‘The rest of the group is sometimes pulled together loosely as the reptant decapods.’

Origin

Mid 17th century: from Latin reptant-, from the verb reptare ‘to creep’.

Pronunciation

reptant

/ˈrɛpt(ə)nt/