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crouch (v.)

"to stoop low, lie close to the ground," late 14c., probably from Old French crochir "become bent, crooked," from croche "hook" (see crochet). Related: Crouched; crouching. As a noun, "a crouching position," from 1590s.

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Definitions of crouch from WordNet
1
crouch (v.)
bend one's back forward from the waist on down;
he crouched down
Synonyms: stoop / bend / bow
crouch (v.)
sit on one's heels;
Synonyms: squat / scrunch / scrunch up / hunker / hunker down
2
crouch (n.)
the act of bending low with the limbs close to the body;
From wordnet.princeton.edu