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adj. Heraldry
Lying down with the head raised.

[Middle English, from Old French, present participle of couchier, to lie down; see couch.]


(Heraldry) (usually postpositive) heraldry in a lying position: a lion couchant.
[C15: from French: lying, from Old French coucher to lay down; see couch]


(ˈkaʊ tʃənt)

(of a heraldic animal) lying down with the hind legs and forelegs pointed forward.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Middle French, present participle of coucher to lay, lie. See couch, -ant]


- Describing a cat sitting with its body resting on its legs and its head raised.
See also related terms for resting.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.couchant - lying on the stomach with head raised with legs pointed forward
heraldry - the study and classification of armorial bearings and the tracing of genealogies
unerect - not upright in position or posture


adj (Her) → liegend
References in classic literature ?
On the scutcheon we'll have a bend OR in the dexter base, a saltire MURREY in the fess, with a dog, couchant, for common charge, and under his foot a chain embattled, for slavery, with a chevron VERT in a chief engrailed, and three invected lines on a field AZURE, with the nombril points rampant on a dancette indented; crest, a runaway nigger, SABLE, with his bundle over his shoulder on a bar sinister; and a couple of gules for supporters, which is you and me; motto, MAGGIORE FRETTA, MINORE OTTO.
Then from his loftie stand on that high Tree Down he alights among the sportful Herd Of those fourfooted kindes, himself now one, Now other, as thir shape servd best his end Neerer to view his prey, and unespi'd To mark what of thir state he more might learn By word or action markt: about them round A Lion now he stalkes with fierie glare, Then as a Tiger, who by chance hath spi'd In some Purlieu two gentle Fawnes at play, Strait couches close, then rising changes oft His couchant watch, as one who chose his ground Whence rushing he might surest seise them both Grip't in each paw: when ADAM first of men To first of women EVE thus moving speech, Turnd him all eare to heare new utterance flow.
The horse rises first upon his fore legs; and the domestic cow, upon her hinder limbs; but the buffalo bounds at once from a couchant to an erect position, with a celerity that baffles the eye.
She began to picture herself traveling with Ralph in a land where these monsters were couchant in the sand.
This caused the young women likewise to gaze in the direction towards which their father's gloomy eyes pointed: and they saw an elaborate monument upon the wall, where Britannia was represented weeping over an urn, and a broken sword and a couchant lion indicated that the piece of sculpture had been erected in honour of a deceased warrior.
Par la volonte de demeurer fils ou fille du Pays du Couchant.
The star of the show was a Norwegian late 17th/18th century silver peg tankard, cylindrical with chased sprays, the shallow domed cover with flat centre engraved with contemporary armorials and couchant lion, claw and ball feet, later inscription and date (1927 to underside), which sold for PS8,300.
On 11 May, Christie's also has an important work by Claude Monet: Le Parlement, Soleil Couchant, painted between 1900 and 1901.
Christie's counters in its Looking Forward to the Past sale with Le Parlement, soleil couchant of 1902 (estimate $35m-$45m).
214) Gibreel, the tuneless soloist, had been cavorting in moonlight as he sang his impromptu gazal, swimming in air, butterfly-stroke, breast-stroke, bunching himslf into a ball, spread-eagling himself against the almost-infinity of the almost-dawn, adopting heraldic postures, rampant, couchant, pitting levity against gravity.
Ces guerriers du soleil couchant, comme on les appelait, se sont illustres par leur courage, leur devouement et leur abnegation dans la defense de la liberte, la democratie et la dignite humaine", a souligne l'ambassadeur du Maroc aux Pays-Bas, Abdelouahab Bellouki, rappelant que 85.
Des la tombee de la nuit, a la lumiere rasante du soleil couchant, allez dEner dans l'un des restaurants de la vieille ville, a l'instar du tres traditionnel Cafe Al-Fishaoui, frequente pendant de longues annees par l'ecrivain feu Naguib Mahfouz, prix Nobel de Litterature 1988.