- 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.
- (of an animal) Lying down; crouching.
- (heraldry) Represented as lying down with the head raised.
From Middle French couchant.