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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.]
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]
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.