- lying down: said esp. of animals
- Heraldry lying down or crouching, but keeping the head up: a lion couchant
Origin of couchantFrench couchant, present participle of coucher: see couch
Lying down with the head raised.
Origin of couchantMiddle English from Old French present participle of couchier to lie down ; see couch .
From Middle French couchant.