from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Oriented vertically, with the head to base and tail to chief, as if positioned for diving.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In heraldry, being in the attitude of diving or plunging: noting a dolphin or fish when represented with the head down.


From Latin ūrīnāns, present active participle of ūrīnor ("I dive"). (Wiktionary)


  • Fish, represented swimming in fesse, are “_naiant_”; if they are in pale, they are “_hauriant_,” No. 164; but if their heads are to the base, the term “_urinant_” is said to apply, but I cannot say I have so far come across an authenticated instance of the use of this word; if their bodies are bent, as the Dolphin is generally represented, they are

    The Handbook to English Heraldry

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