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What does couchant mean?

Looking for the meaning or definition of the word couchant? Here's what it means.

Adjective
  1. (of an animal) Lying with belly down and front legs extended; crouching.
  2. (heraldry) Represented as crouching with the head raised.
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There was a soiled and tawdry mirror above a massive metal and marble clock supported by a lion couchant on the mantelshelf.
Or again, have you ever watched fine collie dogs couchant at twenty yards' distance?
Four rusticated columns support an arched pediment and two couchant lions holding shields.
Just before her up there in the clouds is a huge lion, couchant.
His eyes dwelt fondly on the placid Imogene, couchant amidships.
Lions couchant are carved above the smaller arches and the structure is covered with Tasmanian stone.

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