couvade

noun
cou·​vade | \ kü-ˈväd How to pronounce couvade (audio) \

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

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First Known Use of couvade

1865, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for couvade

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

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“Couvade.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/couvade. Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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couvade

noun
cou·​vade | \ kü-ˈväd How to pronounce couvade (audio) \

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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