Since I’m starting this feature up again I’d like to mention an addition to the format. As well as talking about the word and providing examples, I will also be writing a small creative piece of my own, utilizing the word.
So, without further adieu…
Natant simply means swimming of floating in water, a useful way of describing all sorts of water based flora and fauna.
First known use: 15th century
Some synonyms: floating, natatorial
Some antonyms: sinking
Between the lilies
Natant, swaying in the breeze
A curious frog
‘The life cycle of spiny lobsters consists of two major phases: a lengthy planktonic larval phase that develops in oceanic water, and a benthic phase that begins when the natant post-larvae … settle onto some benthic habitat.’
– Patricia Briones-Fourzán and Enrique Lozano-Álvarez, in Lobsters: Biology, Management, Aquaculture and Fisheries, 2013
,– The Red Debt, Everett MacDonald