A term which probably arose from the misunderstanding of other terms; when found Aspectant refers to two animal charges facing each other on the field.
If the animals are usually predatory, the more proper term is Combatant and for passive creatures Respectant is used.
Kip Kay @ Heraldry on History Road ©2008-2011
Aspectant: used improperly for respectant.
A Glossary of Terms Used in Heraldry; Parker & Company (1894).
Aspectant – (As-pect’-ant) A term applied to two birds facing each other, or looking at each other.
Aspecting – [The same as ASPECTANT.]
Pimbley’s Dictionary of Heraldry; Arthur Pimbley (1908).
Aspectant. Animals placed face to face in a charge are said to be aspectant. If they are about to attack each other, they are said to be combatant.
Manual of Heraldry; Virtue & Company (1846).
Originally posted 2011-01-23 10:28:13.