(of an animal) lying with the body resting on the legs and the head raised.‘two lions couchant’
- ‘Lions couchant are carved above the smaller arches and the structure is covered with Tasmanian stone.’
- ‘There was a soiled and tawdry mirror above a massive metal and marble clock supported by a lion couchant on the mantelshelf.’
Late Middle English French, ‘lying’, present participle of coucher (see couch).
Are You Learning English? Here Are Our Top English Tips