couchant

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French couchant.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

couchant (not comparable)

  1. (of an animal) Lying down; crouching.
    • 1874, James Thomson, The City of Dreadful Night, XX
      Two figures faced each other, large, austere;
      A couchant sphinx in shadow to the breast,
      An angel standing in the moonlight clear;
    • 1922, Virginia Woolf, Jacob's Room, Vintage Classics, paperback edition, page 91
      Or again, have you ever watched fine collie dogs couchant at twenty yards' distance?
  2. (heraldry) Represented as lying down with the head raised.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.2:
      His crest was covered with a couchant Hownd, / And all his armour seem'd of antique mould [...].

Translations[edit]


French[edit]

Verb[edit]

couchant

  1. Present participle of coucher.

Middle French[edit]

Verb[edit]

couchant (plural couchans)

  1. Present participle of coucher.

Adjective[edit]

couchant m (feminine singular couchante, masculine plural couchans, feminine plural couchantes)

  1. lying down

Old French[edit]

Verb[edit]

couchant

  1. Present participle of couchier.

Adjective[edit]

couchant m, f

  1. lying down