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copulation

[kop-yuh-ley-shuh n]
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noun
  1. sexual intercourse.
  2. a joining together or coupling.
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Origin of copulation

1350–1400; Middle English copulacion < Latin cōpulātiōn- (stem of copulātio) a binding together. See copulate, -ion
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Examples from the Web for copulation

Historical Examples

  • We readily conceive how they appear when left in the female by copulation.

    New observations on the natural history of bees

    Francis Huber

  • Copulation is accomplished without the hive, and in the air.

  • Calling a natural process like copulation a sin doesn't make it so.

    Painted Veils

    James Huneker

  • Copulation of the mother bee, in l'Apiculteur, 6e anne, 1862.

  • No copulation; exterior fecundation of eggs: fish, echinoderms.


Word Origin and History for copulation

n.

late 14c., "coupling," from Middle French copulation "mating, copulation" (14c.), from Latin copulationem (nominative copulatio), noun of action from past participle stem of copulare (see copulate). Of the sex act from late 15c., and this became the main sense from 16c.

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copulation in Medicine

copulation

(kŏp′yə-lāshən)
n.
  1. Conjugation between two cells that do not fuse but separate after mutual fertilization.
  2. coitus
Related formscopu•late′ v.