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[koo-vahd; French koo-vad] /kuˈvɑd; French kuˈvad/
a practice among some peoples, as the Basques of Spain, in which a man, immediately preceding the birth of his child, takes to his bed in an enactment of the birth experience and subjects himself to various taboos usually associated with pregnancy.
Origin of couvade
1860-65; < French (now obsolete), literally, a hatching, sitting on eggs, equivalent to couv(er) to hatch (< Latin cubāre to lie down) + -ade -ade1; cf. covey Unabridged
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/kuːˈvɑːd; French kuvad/
(anthropol) a custom in certain cultures of treating the husband of a woman giving birth as if he were bearing the child
Word Origin
C19: from French, from couver to hatch, from Latin cubāre to lie down
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couvade cou·vade (kōō-väd')
A practice in certain non-Western cultures in which the husband of a woman in labor takes to his bed as though he were bearing the child.

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