As postpositive. In the half-raised posture of a wolf beginning to spring upon its prey.
The posture of a ‘wolf ravissant’ corresponds to that of a ‘lion salient’.
2 rare Ravishing, delightful.
Chiefly in imitation of French.
Middle English (in an earlier sense). Originally from Anglo-Norman and Old French ravisant, ravisaunt, ravissant, ravissaunt (French ravissant) rapacious, voracious, use as adjective of present participle of ravir.