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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.
[Latin cōpulāre, cōpulāt-, to join together, from cōpula, link.]
cop′u·la·to′ry (-lə-tôr′ē) adj.
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(Zoology) (intr) to perform sexual intercourse
[C17: from Latin copulāre to join together; see copula]
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cop•u•late(v. ˈkɒp yəˌleɪt; adj. -lɪt)
v. -lat•ed, -lat•ing,
1. to engage in sexual intercourse.adj.
2. connected; joined.
[1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin cōpulātus, past participle of cōpulāre to join, unite. See copula]
cop′u•la•to`ry (-ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i) adj.
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Past participle: copulated
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|Verb||1.||copulate - engage in sexual intercourse; "Birds mate in the Spring"|
nick - mate successfully; of livestock
do it, get it on, get laid, have a go at it, have intercourse, have it away, have it off, be intimate, lie with, roll in the hay, screw, sleep together, sleep with, hump, jazz, love, bed, bang, make out, know - have sexual intercourse with; "This student sleeps with everyone in her dorm"; "Adam knew Eve"; "Were you ever intimate with this man?"
tread - mate with; "male birds tread the females"
deflower, ruin - deprive of virginity; "This dirty old man deflowered several young girls in the village"
sodomise - practice anal sex upon
sodomise - copulate with an animal
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verb have intercourse, have sex, screw (taboo slang), shag (taboo slang, chiefly Brit.), ball (taboo slang, chiefly U.S.), fuck (taboo slang), hump (taboo slang), bonk (informal) The males will copulate with every female on heat.
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copulate[ˈkɒpjʊleɪt] VI → copular
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copulate[ˈkɒpjʊleɪt] vi → copuler
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vi → kopulieren
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copulate[ˈkɒpjʊleɪt] vi → accoppiarsi
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