copulate

[v. kop-yuh-leyt; adj. kop-yuh-lit]
verb (used without object), copulated, copulating.
1.
to engage in sexual intercourse.
adjective
2.
connected; joined.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin cōpulātus bound together. See copula, -ate1

copulatory [kop-yuh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] , adjective
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copulate (ˈkɒpjʊˌleɪt)
 
vb
(intr) to perform sexual intercourse
 
[C17: from Latin copulāre to join together; see copula]
 
copu'lation
 
n
 
'copulatory
 
adj

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copulate
14c., from L. copulatus, pp. of copulare "join together, link, unite," from copula "band, tie, link," from PIE *ko-ap-, from *ko(m)- "together" + *ap- "to take, reach." Originally simply "to join" (see copulation).
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copulate cop·u·late (kŏp'yə-lāt')
v. cop·u·lat·ed, cop·u·lat·ing, cop·u·lates
To engage in coitus or sexual intercourse.

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Example sentences
Mating occurs directly before hibernation, but copulating pairs may be found in the hibernaculum throughout winter.
Pairs may come together for a few hours or several days, copulating many times.
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