couvade

noun cou·vade \ kü-ˈväd \

Definition of couvade

: a custom in some cultures in which when a child is born the father takes to bed as if bearing the child and submits himself to fasting, purification, or taboos

Origin and Etymology of couvade

French, from Middle French, cowardly inactivity, from cover to sit on, brood over — more at covey


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couvade

noun cou·vade \ kü-ˈväd \

medical Definition of couvade

1 : a custom in some cultures in which when a child is born the father takes to bed as if bearing the child and submits himself to fasting, purification, or taboos

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