[poht-nt] /ˈpoʊt nt/ Heraldry.
a fur having a pattern of T -shaped forms, placed in alternate directions and having alternating tinctures, one metal and one color, so that all forms of one tincture face the same way and are between, above, and below forms of the other tincture facing the other way.
a T -shaped form used in potent or counterpotent.
(of a cross) having a crosspiece at the extremity of each arm:
a cross potent.
possessing great strength; powerful
(of arguments, etc) persuasive or forceful
influential or authoritative
tending to produce violent physical or chemical effects: a potent poison
(of a male) capable of having sexual intercourse
(heraldry) (of a cross) having flat bars across the ends of the arms
early 15c., from Latin potentem (nominative potens) “powerful,” present participle of *potere “be powerful,” from potis “powerful, able, capable; possible;” of persons, “better, preferable; chief, principal; strongest, foremost,” from PIE root *poti- “powerful, lord” (cf. Sanskrit patih “master, husband,” Greek posis, Lithuanian patis “husband”). Meaning “having sexual power” is first recorded 1899.
potent po·tent (pōt’nt)
[puh-ten-zuh; Italian paw-ten-tsah] /pəˈtɛn zə; Italian pɔˈtɛn tsɑ/ noun 1. a city in Basilicata, in S Italy.
[poh-tes-tahs, -tuh s] /poʊˈtɛs tɑs, -təs/ noun, (in Roman law) 1. the authority of a paterfamilias over all members of his family and household.
[pot-foo l] /ˈpɒt fʊl/ noun, plural potfuls. 1. the amount that can be held by a . /ˈpɒtfʊl/ noun 1. the amount held by a pot
adjective Having a paunch; big-bellied (1773+)