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n. pl. gi·sants (-zäN′)
A sculpted figure of a recumbent dead person, often on top of a sarcophagus, typically forming part of a funerary monument.
[French, from present participle of gésir, to lie, from Old French gesir; see gist.]
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A figure that is recumbent on the stone lid of a tomb.
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