COWARD , a
See also:term of contempt for one who, before danger,
See also:pain or trouble, shows fear, whether
See also:physical or moral . The derivation of the word has been obscured by a connexion in sensewith the verb " cow," to instil fear into, which is derived from old Norse kuga, a word of similar meaning, and with the verb " cower," to crouch, which is also Scandinavian in origin.' The true derivation is from the French
See also:coe, an old
See also:form of
See also:queue, a tail, from
See also:Lat. cauda, hence couart or couard . The reference to " tail " is either to the expression " turn tail " in
See also:flight, or to the
See also:habit of animals dropping the tail between the legs when frightened; in
See also:heraldry, a lion in this position is a " lion coward." In the
See also:fable of Reynard the
See also:Fox the name of the hare is Coart, Kywart, Cuwaert or other variants .
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