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Coward (anciently written culvard)

is either from the French, couard, originally written culvert, from culver (a pigeon), pigeon-livered being still a common expression for a coward; or else from the Latin, culum verʹtere, to turn tail (Spanish, cobarde; Portuguese, covarde; Italian, codardo, “a coward,” Latin, cauda, “a tail”). A beast cowarded, in heraldry, is one drawn with its coue or tail between its legs. The allusion is to the practice of beasts, who sneak off in this manner when they are cowed.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Coverley
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