from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To lie close to the ground, so as to be concealed.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To hide; lie close; lurk in a covert or hiding-place; lie close to the ground, as partridges and game.
- To hide; conceal.
French se tapir to crouch, squat. (Wiktionary)