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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.
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.
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Adj.1.copulatory - of or relating to coitus or copulation
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We use the following abbreviations for some cuticular structures on the male copulatory apparatus following Salvatierra & Tourinho (2016): BS, barbed setae; CS,clubbed setae; FD,flat depressions; Lct, long curved-tip setae; OS, ordinary setae; Sct, sculptured surface tubercles.
A comparative study of the female copulatory apparatus of certain species in the spider genus Dolomedes (Pisauridae: Araneae).
"Ghosts" of calcareous copulatory apparatus (presumably their thin organic cover) indicating single copulatory spicule extending dorsally into mantle cavity, with numerous accessory bodies in paired lumina of sac.
Such worms gradually develop a pair of ovaries, testes, copulatory apparatus, yolk glands, and a genital pore.
5); (v) trochanter IV unmodified; (vi) basal segment of pygidium unnotched on either dorsal or ventral posterior borders; (vii) fixed process of the male copulatory apparatus with an anteroventral ledge.