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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
1400-1450
Couchant is the ancestor of the Middle French coucher, "to lay or lie down." Couch has a similar etymology.