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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Those who would know more may consult an Encyclopaedia, under the heading ‘couvade.’The Woodlands Orchids | Frederick Boyle
The custom of the couvade, attributed by Strabo to the Cantabri, is unknown among the modern Basques.
These allusions always refer to the Béarnais, the dialect whence the word “couvade” is borrowed.Basque Legends | Wentworth Webster
The custom of the couvade may therefore perhaps be assigned to the early patriarchal stage.
The practice of couvade is said to exist among the Nicobarese, but we heard nothing of it during our visit.In the Andamans and Nicobars | C. Boden Kloss
British Dictionary definitions for couvade
anthropol a custom in certain cultures of treating the husband of a woman giving birth as if he were bearing the child
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