American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Heraldry Lying down with the head raised.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Lying down; crouching; not erect.
- Sleeping in a place; staying.
- In heraldry, lying down with the head raised, which distinguishes the posture of couchant from that of dormant, or sleeping: applied to a lion or other beast. Some writers confuse couchant and dormant, and give the term sejant to the beast lying down with head raised; but this is rare. Also
- adj. of an animal Lying down; crouching.
- adj. heraldry Represented as lying down with the head raised.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Lying down with head erect; squatting.
- adj. (Her.) Lying down with the head raised, which distinguishes the posture of
couchantfrom that of dormant, or sleeping; -- said of a lion or other beast.
- adj. lying on the stomach with head raised with legs pointed forward
- From Middle French couchant. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, present participle of couchier, to lie down; see couch. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
““The crest is a Stag couchant, vulnerated through the neck by a broad arrow; on his side is a Martlett for a difference.””
“In the aisle stands another altar-tomb, which has the sides panelled and adorned with shields of arms and bears the figure of an earlier Sir Thomas Markenfield, clad in armour of the period between Poitiers and Agincourt, and wearing a very curious collar of park palings with a stag couchant in front, possibly”
“* And if descriptivism is rampant, would prescriptivism be "couchant"?”
“In Curzon's figure the lion is standing, not 'couchant', as stated by”
“a small pug-dog "couchant" before it, resolved to guard the treasure even at the sacrifice of life -- and a front-door standing invitingly half-open.”
“How one couchant beast, with its imperturbable gravitas, a heraldic chunk of London itself, moved without lifting a paw, from the site on the south bank of the Thames being cleared for the Festival of Britain in 1951, to Waterloo Station with its martial trappings, and on to its present eminence alongside the decommissioned County Hall.”
“Lorsque au soleil couchant les rivières sont roses”
“I asked, peering at the crest, with its faded leopard couchant, and the printing below, more legible than the handwriting.”
“In one courtyard, a mangy, flea-ridden griffon lay couchant, chained to the wall, flies buzzing around its slow-blinking head.”
“The entrance to the port is still guarded by the marble statues of the two couchant lions from which it took its name, though they are now half-buried in alluvial earth, symbols of the illustrious city that Herodotus called "the glory of Ionia.”
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