[koo-vahd; French koo-vad]
- 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
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I refer to the custom of so-called father-confinement or 'couvade.'Elements of Folk Psychology
Couvade, the, among the Indians of South America, 152 et seq.Up the Orinoco and down the Magdalena
H. J. Mozans
Either origin of the Couvade is consistent with early beliefs and customs.Aucassin and Nicolete
It is curious that in India itself so few actual instances of the Couvade have been discovered.
Those who would know more may consult an Encyclopaedia, under the heading ‘Couvade.’The Woodlands Orchids
- anthropol a custom in certain cultures of treating the husband of a woman giving birth as if he were bearing the child
C19: from French, from couver to hatch, from Latin cubāre to lie down
- 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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