Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Not erect; inclined.
  • adj. Lying on its side.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Not erect; inclined; -- said of anything that is usually erect, as an escutcheon.
  • adj. Lying on its side; thus, a chevron couché is one which emerges from one side of the escutcheon and has its apex on the opposite side, or at the fess point.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In heraldry, partly lying down; not erect: said of a shield used as an escutcheon, as in a seal or the like, when the shield is generally represented hung up by the sinister corner.

Etymologies

French, past participle of coucher ("to lay, to lay down"). (Wiktionary)

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  • Lying on its side; thus, a chevron couché is one which emerges from one side of the escutcheon and has its apex on the opposite side, or at the fess point.

    I need to study up on heraldry.

    March 7, 2011