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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Definitions for couchant

  1. Lying down; crouching; reclining.
  2. Heraldry . (Of an animal) represented as lying on its stomach with its hind legs and forelegs pointed forward.

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Citations for couchant
Winding through a noble valley, we presently came to Bello's palace, couchant and bristling in a grove. Herman Melville, Mardi: And a Voyage Thither
Or again, have you ever watched fine collie dogs couchant at twenty yards' distance? Virginia Woolf, Jacob's Room
Origin of couchant
late Middle English
Couchant is the ancestor of the Middle French coucher, "to lay or lie down." Couch has a similar etymology.