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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.]
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couvade(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]
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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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|Noun||1.||couvade - a custom among some peoples whereby the husband of a pregnant wife is put to bed at the time of bearing the child|
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