couchant

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj couchant lying on the stomach with head raised with legs pointed forward
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Couchant Lying down with head erect; squatting.
    • Couchant (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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • couchant Lying down; crouching; not erect.
    • couchant Sleeping in a place; staying.
    • couchant In heraldry, lying down with the head raised, which distinguishes the posture of couchant from that of dormant, or sleeping: applied to a lion or other beast. Some writers confuse couchant and dormant, and give the term sejant to the beast lying down with head raised; but this is rare. Also harbored and lodged.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Couchant couching or lying down:
    • adj Couchant (her.) of a beast lying down with his head up
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., p. pr. of coucher,. See Couch (v. t.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. coucher, to lie down—L. collocāre, to place—com, together, locus, a place.

Usage

In literature:

They saw the great cathedral lying couchant above the plain.
"Sons and Lovers" by David Herbert Lawrence
Beside the mast, within a shattered palisade, lay huddled the vast corpse of the Mylodon of Patagonia, couchant amidst his fodder of chopped hay.
"The Disentanglers" by Andrew Lang
To the right of the door is a huge lion couchant, asleep.
"A Bibliographical, Antiquarian and Picturesque Tour in France and Germany, Volume Three" by Thomas Frognall Dibdin
It looks most like a black dragon couchant on a red field, which is not a Scottish bearing.
"The Black Douglas" by S. R. Crockett
Vpon the heade of the trygonall blacke stone, towarde euerie corner, I did behold an Egiptian Monster of Gold, fower footed couchant.
"Hypnerotomachia" by Francesco Colonna
There were lions couchant guarding the entrances.
"Mary Gray" by Katharine Tynan
The rock of Quebec is like a lion couchant beside the St. Lawrence.
"The False Chevalier" by William Douw Lighthall
There is a garland of four roses round his head, and at his feet a lion couchant.
"Bell's Cathedrals: Southwark Cathedral" by George Worley
The sky was dreamy blue; the sandhills rose against it shapely like the backs and flanks of couchant lions.
"The Valley of the Kings" by Marmaduke Pickthall
First, there are two columns decorated with sculptured clouds, two lions couchant, two lions rampant.
"Travels in the Far East" by Ellen Mary Hayes Peck
I have also passed over, without present notice, the fantastic bases formed by couchant animals, which sustain many Lombardic shafts.
"The Stones of Venice, Volume I (of 3)" by John Ruskin
The "lion couchant" had been suggested as the heraldic device of the new Empire, but Napoleon scorned it.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane
J'en prends un, pendant qu'il se leve; En se couchant l'autre j'enleve.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Isaac Disraeli
Back on the ship, looking at the lion couchant while the twilight falls and the lights come out along its base.
"The Ship Dwellers" by Albert Bigelow Paine
Couchant, slow, shimmering, superb!
"Verse and Worse" by Harry Graham
Inside was a death's head that moved; and above it a hound couchant.
"The Legend of the Glorious Adventures of Tyl Ulenspiegel in the land of Flanders and elsewhere" by Charles de Coster
Came to a splendid park and lodge-gates, the latter surmounted by two bulls couchant; I do not care to know to whom the domain belongs.
"The Cruise of the Land-Yacht "Wanderer"" by Gordon Stables
An Egyptian sphinx has the body of a lion couchant with the head of a man.
"Cleopatra's Needle" by James King
Just before her up there in the clouds is a huge lion, couchant.
"The Story of a Doctor's Telephone--Told by His Wife" by Ellen M. Firebaugh
The doctor almost stumbled across the couchant body of the dog as he left the room with the Master.
"Lad: A Dog" by Albert Payson Terhune
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In poetry:

Unseen myself, I clearly saw
A dog that couchant moan'd;
He struck the hard earth with his paw,
Then look'd at Heaven, and groan'd!
"The Hermit's Dog" by William Hayley
There shines upon the fifth good shield
A couchant hawk, on a wall;
That’s borne by Master Hildebrand;
He tries, with heroes, a fall.
"The Tournament (From The Old Danish)" by George Borrow
Sullen and silent, and like couchant lions,
Their cannon, through the night,
Holding their breath, had watched, in grim defiance,
The sea-coast opposite.
"The Warden Of The Cinque Ports. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The First)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
With shudders chill as aconite,
The couchant chewer of the cud
Will start at times in pussy fright
Before the dogs, when reads her sprite
The streaks predicting streams of blood.
"To Colonel Charles (Dying General C.B.B.)" by George Meredith