Couchant and levant
Couchant Couch"ant (kouch"ant), a. [F., p. pr. of coucher. See {Couch}, v. t.] 1. Lying down with head erect; squatting. [1913 Webster]

2. (Her.) Lying down with the head raised, which distinguishes the posture of couchant from that of dormant, or sleeping; -- said of a lion or other beast. [1913 Webster]

{Couchant and levant} (Law), rising up and lying down; -- said of beasts, and indicating that they have been long enough on land, not belonging to their owner, to lie down and rise up to feed, -- such time being held to include a day and night at the least. --Blackstone. [1913 Webster] ||


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • couchant and levant — (lying down and rising up) is a term applied to animals trespassing on the land of one other than their owner, for one night or longer. 3 Bl.Comm. 9 …   Black's law dictionary

  • couchant and levant — (lying down and rising up) is a term applied to animals trespassing on the land of one other than their owner, for one night or longer. 3 Bl.Comm. 9 …   Black's law dictionary

  • couchant and levant — adjective Etymology: Middle English more at levant and couchant : levant and couchant …   Useful english dictionary

  • Couchant — Couch ant (kouch ant), a. [F., p. pr. of coucher. See {Couch}, v. t.] 1. Lying down with head erect; squatting. [1913 Webster] 2. (Her.) Lying down with the head raised, which distinguishes the posture of couchant from that of dormant, or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Levant — Le vant (l[=e] vant), a. [F., p. pr. of lever to raise.] (Law) Rising or having risen from rest; said of cattle. See {Couchant and levant}, under {Couchant}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • levant and couchant — |levəntən|kau̇chənt adjective Etymology: alteration of Middle English couchant and levant, part translation of Middle French couchant et levant lying down and rising up, from couchant (present participle of coucher to lay down, se coucher to lie… …   Useful english dictionary

  • couchant — /kawchsnt/ Lying down; squatting. Couchant and levant (lying down and rising up) is a term applied to animals trespassing on the land of one other than their owner, for one night or longer. 3 Bl.Comm. 9 …   Black's law dictionary

  • couchant — /kawchsnt/ Lying down; squatting. Couchant and levant (lying down and rising up) is a term applied to animals trespassing on the land of one other than their owner, for one night or longer. 3 Bl.Comm. 9 …   Black's law dictionary

  • levant et couchant — /levant ey kawchant/ L. Fr. Rising up and lying down. A term applied to trespassing cattle which have remained long enough upon land to have lain down to rest and risen up to feed; generally the space of a night and a day, or, at least, one night …   Black's law dictionary

  • levant et couchant — /levant ey kawchant/ L. Fr. Rising up and lying down. A term applied to trespassing cattle which have remained long enough upon land to have lain down to rest and risen up to feed; generally the space of a night and a day, or, at least, one night …   Black's law dictionary

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