couchant

couchant

[kou-chuhnt]
adjective
1.
lying down; crouching.
2.
Heraldry. (of an animal) represented as lying on its stomach with its hind legs and forelegs pointed forward.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English < Middle French, present participle of coucher to lay or lie. See couch, -ant

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couchant (ˈkaʊtʃənt)
 
adj
(usually postpositive) heraldry in a lying position: a lion couchant
 
[C15: from French: lying, from Old French coucher to lay down; see couch]

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