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couchant


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Couchant  \Couch"ant\  (kouch"ant),  a.  [F.,  p.  pr  of  coucher.  See 
  {Couch},  v.  t.] 
  1.  Lying  down  with  head  erect;  squatting. 
 
  2.  (Her.)  Lying  down  with  the  head  raised,  which 
  distinguishes  the  posture  of  couchant  from  that  of 
  dormant,  or  sleeping;  --  said  of  a  lion  or  other  beast. 
 
  {Couchant  and  levant}  (Law),  rising  up  and  lying  down  -- 
  said  of  beasts,  and  indicating  that  they  have  been  long 
  enough  on  land,  not  belonging  to  their  owner,  to  lie  down 
  and  rise  up  to  feed,  --  such  time  being  held  to  include  a 
  day  and  night  at  the  least.  --Blackstone. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  couchant 
  adj  :  (heraldry)  lying  on  the  stomach  with  head  raised  with  legs 
  pointed  forward  [syn:  {couchant(ip)}] 




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