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[neyt-nt] /ˈneɪt nt/

swimming; floating.
Botany. floating on water, as the leaf of an aquatic plant.
(of aquatic plants) floating on the water
(rare) floating or swimming

1707, from Latin natantem, present participle of natare “to swim,” frequentative of nare “to swim” (see natatorium).


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