In heraldry, couche refers to a suspended shield, generally represented hanging by the sinister-chief angle. Shields couche are often used in Seals.
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Cou`ché' adjective [ French, past participle of coucher . See Couch , transitive verb ] (Her.) (a) Not erect; inclined; -- said of anything that is usually erect, as an escutcheon. (b) Lying on its side; thus, a chevron couché
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• (v. t.) Lying on its side; thus, a chevron couche is one which emerges from one side of the escutcheon and has its apex on the opposite side, or at the fess point. • (v. t.) Not erect; inclined; -- said of anything that is usually erect, as an escutcheon.
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heavy linen fabric used to hold formed loaves for proofing. The fabric can be pleated around the loaves to help them hold their shape.
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