(heraldry, of a lion) Borne in the escutcheon with his tail doubled between his legs.
Other Word Forms of Coward
Origin of Coward
From Old French coart, cuard (> French couard), from coe (“tail”) + -ard (“pejorative agent noun”); coe is in turn from Latin cauda. The reference seems to be to an animal “turning tail”, or having its tail between its legs, especially a dog.
Middle English from Old French couard from coue tail from Latin cauda
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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