[ kou-chuh nt ]
/ ˈkaʊ tʃənt /


lying down; crouching.
Heraldry. (of an animal) represented as lying on its stomach with its hind legs and forelegs pointed forward.

Origin of couchant

1400–50; late Middle English < Middle French, present participle of coucher to lay or lie. See couch, -ant Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for couchant


/ (ˈkaʊtʃənt) /


(usually postpositive) heraldry in a lying positiona lion couchant

Word Origin for couchant

C15: from French: lying, from Old French coucher to lay down; see couch
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