from The Century Dictionary.

  • In heraldry, represented as lying at rest upon the ground, as a buck, hart, hind, etc. Also harbored and couchant.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective (Her.) Lying down; -- used of beasts of the chase, as couchant is of beasts of prey.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of lodge.
  • adjective heraldry lying down; used of beasts of the chase, as couchant is used of beasts of prey.


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  • Sable, a stag lodged regardant, and between the attires a bird or -- NORTOST, Norfolk.

    October 9, 2011

  • Curiously, Wordnik lists couchant as an antonym, while the CD&C declares it a synonym. Perhaps this is related to the “rare” confusion the CD&C notes, in its third definition of couchant (which see), between couchant and dormant.

    October 9, 2011