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couch

 (kouch)
n.
1.
a. A sofa.
b. A sofa on which a patient lies while undergoing psychoanalysis or psychiatric treatment.
2.
a. The frame or floor on which grain, usually barley, is spread in malting.
b. A layer of grain, usually barley, spread to germinate.
3. A priming coat of paint or varnish used in artistic painting.
v. couched, couch·ing, couch·es
v.tr.
1. To word in a certain manner; phrase: couched their protests in diplomatic language.
2. To cause (oneself) to lie down, as for rest.
3. To embroider by laying thread flat on a surface and fastening it by stitches at regular intervals.
4. To spread (grain) on a couch to germinate, as in malting.
5. To lower (a spear, for example) to horizontal position, as for an attack.
v.intr.
1. To lie down; recline, as for rest.
2. To lie in ambush or concealment; lurk.
3. To be in a heap or pile, as leaves for decomposition or fermentation.

[Middle English couche, from Old French culche, couche, from couchier, to lay down, lie down, from Latin collocāre; see collocate.]

couch′er n.

couching

(ˈkaʊtʃɪŋ)
n
(Knitting & Sewing)
a. a method of embroidery in which the thread is caught down at intervals by another thread passed through the material from beneath
b. a pattern or work done by this method
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This is known among ophthalmologists as traditional couching. The procedure involves the mechanical displacement of the lens by a sharp or blunt instrument into the vitreous through the pars plana.
Through his research, he discovered a family of couchers, mainly in the Ans region of the Dhamar governorate, who perform couching and travel around rural areas of Yemen.
"Couching can cause blindness although the magnitude of the problem is not yet fully known," he said.