- sexual intercourse.
- a joining together or coupling.
Origin of copulation
Examples from the Web for copulation
We readily conceive how they appear when left in the female by copulation.
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
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
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.
- Conjugation between two cells that do not fuse but separate after mutual fertilization.