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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 ?
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.
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.
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.
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.
She began to picture herself traveling with Ralph in a land where these monsters were couchant in the sand.
And for Gomez himself is 'Soleil Couchant,' a visual tribute to his adoptive city.
Sir Edwin Landseer's The Arab tent, with animals couchant famously, resides a wall away.
In paintings such as Le Pont Boieldieu a Rouen, soleil couchant, fumees (1896), he succeeded spectacularly.
Sur cette affaire hautement importante, le gouvernement s'est contente de faire le service minimum en couchant sur son budget de 2017 les nouveaux prets a contracter, les dates et montants de remboursement.
At this point, the passage becomes purely descriptive in delineating the quality of the coat with its motto of the couchant lion and notes the absence of ornament on the helmet.
Par la volonte de demeurer fils ou fille du Pays du Couchant.
Scott's attention has been caught by an unusual word, surviving in northern English dialect only, for a mole, and he has then associated, in memory, the 'couching' lion and 'ramping' cat with beasts couchant and rampant in heraldry.