Other Word Forms of Salient
Origin of Salient
The heraldic sense "leaping" and the sense "projecting outward" are from Latin saliens, from saliō (“leap, spring"). The senses "prominent" and "pertinent" are relatively recently from the phrase "salient point", which is from the Latin punctum saliens, a translation of Aristotle's term for the embryonal heart visible in (opened) eggs, which he thought seemed to move already. Compare the German calque der springende Punkt.
Latin saliēns salient- present participle of salīre to leap sel- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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