One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of an animal) moving with a creeping or crawling action.
- ‘The majority of gastropods are reptant, but of these some few can swim.’
- ‘Its four legs, and reptant motions show that it is most nearly connected with the Reptiles.’
- ‘Next, the transition to a reptant life takes place.’
- ‘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.’
Mid 17th century: from Latin reptant-, from the verb reptare ‘to creep’.
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