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A practice in certain cultures in which the husband of a woman in labor takes to his bed as though he were bearing the child.

[French, from Old French, from couver, to incubate, hatch, from Latin cubāre, to lie down on.]


(kuːˈvɑːd; French kuvad)
(Anthropology & Ethnology) 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 among some peoples, as the Basques, in which an expectant father takes to bed in an enactment of the birth and subjects himself to various pregnancy taboos.
[1860–65; < French (now obsolete), literally, a hatching, sitting on eggs =couv(er) to hatch (< Latin cubāre to lie down) + -ade -ade1; compare covey]
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Noun1.couvade - a custom among some peoples whereby the husband of a pregnant wife is put to bed at the time of bearing the child
custom, usage, usance - accepted or habitual practice
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Neurologists and other researchers from Europe and the US discuss Ganser syndrome; Cotard syndrome; Capgras syndrome and other delusional misidentification syndromes; De Clerambault syndrome, Othello syndrome, Folie C deux, and variants; Couvade syndrome; possessions; conversion, factitious disorder, and malingering; Munchausen syndrome; camptocormia; glossolalia and aphasia; violent behavior; culture-specific hyperstartle-plus syndromes; the dancing manias or mass psychogenic illness; and the Alice-in-Wonderland syndrome.
However, some of the less common ones retain the pronunciation of -ade as -ahd, such as ballade, aubade, roulade and couvade, giving a definitely borrowed feel to them.
Ha de notarse que tambien el padre puede sufrir procesos psicofisiologicos relativos a la instalacion de la paternalidad, entre los cuales el mas conocido es el sindrome de Couvade, trastornos en la conducta, psiconeurosis de paternidad.
En funcion de eso, la mezcla de esos fluidos necesita ser disciplinada por reglas de exogamia, prescripciones alimentarias y sindrome de couvade para no provocar enfermedad y muerte.
And their suspicions that Harry might have been suffering from Couvade Syndrome - known as sympathetic pregnancy - was confirmed after they visited their GP.
Following an internet search, the couple thought Harry might be suffering from Couvade syndrome, known as sympathetic pregnancy - which was confirmed after a visit to their GP.
3) For a summary of scholarship on the mythic dimensions of Peter's creation, see Daniel Rancour-Laferriere, "The Couvade of Peter the Great," in Puskin Today, 73, 226 n.
2) For anthropological, folkloric, psychological approaches to male pregnancy, including couvade, see studies by McCormack and Hand, Munroe and Munroe, Browner, and Crane.
Gebrauche des Ehemannes bei Schwangerschaft und Geburt mit Richtigstellung des Begriffes der Couvade.
Sympathetic pregnancy or the " couvade syndrome" also triggers such changes in men.
Los relatos que refieren esta situacion dan cuenta de la vigencia de la couvade aunque en un sentido no estricto- entre los pueblos chaquenses, atendiendo a las referencias que dan Metraux (1946), y Carlucci (1953/54).