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accouplement

[uh-kuhp-uh l-muh nt] /əˈkʌp əl mənt/
noun
1.
the act of coupling.
2.
something that couples, especially a tie or brace in building.
Origin
1475-1485
1475-85; accouple (< Middle French accopler; see ac-, couple) + -ment -ment
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accouplement

/əˈkʌpəlmənt/
noun
1.
a timber joist or beam that serves as a tie or support
Word Origin
C15: French, from accoupler, from Latin copulāre to couple
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