The energies of Frenchmen are not imprisoned; no, they are only couped.
If couped between the elbow and the wrist, it is a cubit arm.
As usually borne by the Cunninghame family the ends are couped and pointed, but in some cases it is borne throughout.
Stocks of Trees "couped and eradicated" are by no means uncommon.
Crest—An arm embowed, couped at the shoulder, the hand grasping a hammer, all proper.
A Lions head is a Charge: it may be erased, as in No. 183; or cut off smooth, when it is couped.
Less often it is found “couped” or cut off with a sheer line.
A term used to denote an ordinary, parts of which are couped or cut off, so that it does not touch the edges of the shield.
It consists of one block with a rounded head, bearing the couped cross.
The eagle's leg will sometimes be met with couped below the feathers, but would then be more properly described as a claw.
c.1400, from Old French coup, colp "a blow, strike" (12c.), from Medieval Latin colpus, from Vulgar Latin colapus, from Latin colaphus "a cuff, box on the ear," from Greek kolaphos "a blow, slap." Meaning "a sudden decisive act" is 1852, short for coup d'etat. In Modern French the word is a workhorse, describing everything from a pat on the back to a whipping, and is used as well of thunder, gusts of wind, gunshots, and chess moves.