Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Leaping; jumping; dancing.
  • adj. In a leaping position; springing forward.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Leaping; jumping; dancing.
  • adj. In a leaping position; springing forward; -- applied especially to the squirrel, weasel, and rat, also to the cat, greyhound, monkey, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Leaping; jumping; dancing.
  • In zoology, saltatorial or saltatory; salient.
  • In heraldry, leaping in a position similar to salient: noting a squirrel, cat, or other small animal when used as a bearing.

Etymologies

Latin saltans, present participle of saltare ("to dance"), v. intens. from salire ("to leap"): compare French sautant. See sally (verb). (Wiktionary)

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