- lying down; crouching.
- Heraldry. (of an animal) represented as lying on its stomach with its hind legs and forelegs pointed forward.
Origin of couchant
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Examples from the Web for couchant
Couchant: is at rest, the fore legs stretched on the ground, as No. 177.The Handbook to English Heraldry
Couchant by the body of the bighorn, he only growled as the cavalcade swept past.The Wild Huntress
Just before her up there in the clouds is a huge lion, couchant.The Story of a Doctor's Telephone--Told by His Wife
Ellen M. Firebaugh
His eyes dwelt fondly on the placid Imogene, couchant amidships.The Skipper and the Skipped
These seemed to be a couchant leopard, with the motto, "I sleep; wake me not."The Talisman
Sir Walter Scott
- (usually postpositive) heraldry in a lying positiona lion couchant
C15: from French: lying, from Old French coucher to lay down; see couch
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