Definitions

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  • adj. nodding, drooping

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Nodding; having the top bent downward.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In botany, drooping or nodding; hanging with the apex downward: applied to stems, flower-clusters, etc.
  • In entomology, sloping: said of a surface or part forming an obtuse angle with the parts behind it, or with the axis of the body: as, a nutant head.

Etymologies

From nūtāns ("nodding"), present active participle of nūtō ("nod, signal"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Corbulo vix ferret tot vasa ingentia, tot res inpositas capiti, quas recto vertice portat servulus infelix et cursu ventilat ignem. scinduntur tunicae sartae modo, longa coruscat serraco veniente abies, atque altera pinum plaustra vehunt, nutant alte populoque minantur (iii.

    Post-Augustan Poetry From Seneca to Juvenal

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  • "The old bandstand stood empty, the equestrian statue of the turbulent Huerta rode under the nutant trees wild-eyed evermore..."

    - Lowry, Under the Volcano

    June 25, 2011