One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
usually postpositive (of an animal) standing with all four paws on the ground.
- ‘In his Pride reserved for peacocks, it is shown statant affronty with the tail feathers spread.’
- ‘A lion statant gardant on the royal crown, with the words FOR VALOUR on a semi circular scroll.’
- ‘As a rule of thumb, most birds are statant close by default; see specific entries for exceptions to this.’
- ‘A boar statant gules armed and hoofed or holding in the mouth a nettle leaf vert.’
- ‘They are usually found statant affronty in both SCA and Period heraldry.’
Late 15th century: formed irregularly from Latin stat- ‘fixed, stationary’ (from the verb stare ‘to stand’) + -ant.
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