couchant

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English couchant, from Middle French couchant.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

couchant (not comparable)

  1. (of an animal) Lying with belly down and front legs extended; crouching.
    • 1801, Robert Southey, “(please specify the page)”, in Thalaba the Destroyer, volume (please specify |volume=I or II), London: [] [F]or T[homas] N[orton] Longman and O. Rees, [], by Biggs and Cottle, [], OCLC 277545047:
      The dogs, with eager yelp,
      Are struggling to be free;
      The hawks in frequent stoop
      Token their haste for flight;
      And couchant on the saddle-bow,
      With tranquil eyes, and talons sheath’d,
      The ounce expects his liberty.
    • 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.

Translations[edit]


French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

couchant m (plural couchants)

  1. the setting sun
  2. the sunset
  3. the west
  4. (literary) old age, decline, termination

Participle[edit]

couchant

  1. present participle of coucher

Further reading[edit]


Middle English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French couchant, from Old French couchant.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

couchant

  1. (rare) Lying down; couchant.
  2. (rare) Displaying deference and humility.

Descendants[edit]

  • English: couchant

References[edit]


Middle French[edit]

Verb[edit]

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

  1. present participle of coucher
  2. (may be preceded by en, invariable) gerund 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