Couped, or Coupy, (fr. alaisé), cut off in a straight line, as in often the case with the heads and limbs of animals, and so distinguished form erased[see example under Boar]. It is important to say where a head or limbs is couped; for instance, if couped close it would signify cut off close to the head. A hand is often said to be couped at the wrist.
Per fesse sable and or, a tree couped and eradicated counterchanged--BUCHER,
Azure, a dexter hand couped at the wrist argent--BROME, co. Salop.
Couped-fitchy is an expression used to signify that the cutting is not by a clean straight stroke, but that a point is left projecting.
Heraldic writers say that an ordinary when blazoned couped and voided would differ essentially from the same ordinary blazoned voided and couped; but as no examples are given shewing that the difference exists in fact, it is hardly necessary to lay it drawn as a rule.
The French coupé has a distinct meaning, and is frequently employed to signify the partition of the shield horizontally into two equal parts. English heralds would describe the same as party per fesse.