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 with belly down and front legs extended; crouching.
    • 1865, Henry David Thoreau, Cape Cod, Chapter I. "The Shipwreck", page 14.
      There were the tawny rocks, like lions couchant, defying the ocean, whose waves incessantly dashed against and scoured them with vast quantities of gravel.
    • 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 crouching 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 (oblique and nominative feminine singular couchant)

  1. lying down