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couchant

[kou-chuh nt] /ˈkaʊ tʃənt/
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
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Middle French, present participle of coucher to lay or lie. See couch, -ant
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couchant

/ˈkaʊtʃənt/
adjective
1.
(usually postpositive) (heraldry) in a lying position a lion couchant
Word Origin
C15: from French: lying, from Old French coucher to lay down; see couch
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