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couvade

[ koo-vahd; French koo-vad ]
/ kuˈvɑd; French kuˈvad /
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noun

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.

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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
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British Dictionary definitions for couvade

couvade
/ (kuːˈvɑːd, French kuvad) /

noun

anthropol a custom in certain cultures of treating the husband of a woman giving birth as if he were bearing the child

Word Origin for couvade

C19: from French, from couver to hatch, from Latin cubāre to lie down
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Medical definitions for couvade

couvade
[ kōō-väd ]

n.

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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