|—n , pl -las, -lae|
|1.||a verb, such as be, seem, or taste, that is used merely to identify or link the subject with the complement of a sentence. Copulas may serve to link nouns (or pronouns), as in he became king, nouns (or pronouns) and adjectival complements, as in sugar tastes sweet, or nouns (or pronouns) and adverbial complements, as in John is in jail|
|2.||anything that serves as a link|
|3.||logic the often unexpressed link between the subject and predicate terms of a categorial proposition, as are in all men are mortal|
|[C17: from Latin: bond, connection, from co- together + apere to fasten]|
copula cop·u·la (kŏp'yə-lə)
A narrow part connecting two structures.