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cop·u·late

 (kŏp′yə-lāt′)
intr.v. cop·u·lat·ed, cop·u·lat·ing, cop·u·lates
1. To engage in sexual intercourse in which the penis is inserted into the vagina.
2. To transfer male reproductive cells from one individual to another, usually into an internal organ or cavity, such as a cloaca. Used of animals.
adj. (-lĭt)
Coupled; joined.

[Latin cōpulāre, cōpulāt-, to join together, from cōpula, link.]

cop′u·la′tion n.
cop′u·la·to′ry (-lə-tôr′ē) adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.copulation - the act of sexual procreation between a man and a womancopulation - the act of sexual procreation between a man and a woman; the man's penis is inserted into the woman's vagina and excited until orgasm and ejaculation occur
sex, sex activity, sexual activity, sexual practice - activities associated with sexual intercourse; "they had sex in the back seat"
defloration - the act of depriving a woman of her virginity (especially by rupturing the hymen through sexual intercourse)
insemination - the introduction of semen into the genital tract of a female
hank panky - illicit sexual intercourse
penetration - the act (by a man) of inserting his penis into the vagina of a woman
criminal congress, unlawful carnal knowledge - forbidden or tabu sexual intercourse between individuals

copulation

noun sexual intercourse, love, sex, lovemaking, the other (informal), coupling, congress, mating, intimacy, sex act, nookie (slang), coitus, carnal knowledge, rumpy-pumpy (slang), legover (slang), venery (archaic), coition Couples engaged in acts of copulation in full view of the public.
Translations

copulation

[ˌkɒpjʊˈleɪʃən] Ncópula f

copulation

[ˌkɒpjʊˈleɪʃən] ncopulation f

copulation

nKopulation f

copulation

[ˌkɒpjʊˈleɪʃn] ncopula, accoppiamento

cop·u·la·tion

n. copulación, relaciones sexuales.
References in periodicals archive ?
It is possible that some males court during copulation to induce the female to accede to additional intromission attempts.
As the genitals of the dead animals were brought together in a copulation simulation, the researchers used high-resolution scans to get comprehensive views of the union.
Reproduction increases an individual's fitness directly; however, the act of copulation can incur fitness costs.
Latency (time between introduction of queens and males into mating cage until their copulation initiation) showed significant variation on mating rate of bumblebees during first minute in the mating cages.
Jennifer Bussell established in the Current Biology study that sexual courtship is a duet, the male and female send signals back and forth until they reach the point that copulation proceeds and pausing to interact with a male, rather than avoiding him, was a crucial step in any female's behavior leading to copulation, so tying a group of neurons to this particular response to males would allow them to dissect in detail how female mating circuitry functions.
At 08:29, dominant male #1 attempted to breed with female #1 for a 5th time, but dominant male #2 knocked dominant male #1 off of female #1 as soon as he attempted copulation.
The importance of the right eye/left brain for flirting among these finches and other birds might at first seem to contradict another long-standing finding of mating bias, says Lesley Rogers of the University of New England in Armidale, Australia: It's the right hemisphere that controls copulation.
In the four pairs observed in terrariums, during copulation the female remained firmly attached to the ball with her middle and hind legs, while the male was positioned at an angle of 45[degrees] to the female's horizontal, holding the female firmly with his middle and hind legs and not letting her go for the ca.
Additionally, nutritional benefits of copulation could enhance the reproductive period as well as life span of the females (Svard and McNeil 1994; Wedell 2002).
The frequency of copulation also varies among families and species.
How unfortunate, then, that the fertile term copulation has been reduced in meaning, often with the limited connotation of animal(istic) sex.
I recorded the time copulation began and when the copulating pair separated.