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Meaning of COUCHANT

Pronunciation:  'kawchunt

 
Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\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.

 
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