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copulate

[v. kop-yuh-leyt; adj. kop-yuh-lit] /v. ˈkɒp yəˌleɪt; adj. ˈkɒp yə lɪt/
verb (used without object), copulated, copulating.
1.
to engage in sexual intercourse.
adjective
2.
connected; joined.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin cōpulātus bound together. See copula, -ate1
Related forms
copulatory
[kop-yuh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈkɒp yə ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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Examples from the web for copulating
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for copulating

copulate

/ˈkɒpjʊˌleɪt/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to perform sexual intercourse
Derived Forms
copulation, noun
copulatory, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin copulāre to join together; see copula
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Word Origin and History for copulating

copulate

v.

early 15c., "to join," from Latin copulatus, past participle of copulare "join together, couple, bind, link, unite," from copula "band, tie, link," from PIE *ko-ap-, from *ko(m)- "together" + *ap- "to take, reach." Sexual sense attested from 1630s. Related: Copulated; copulating.

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copulating in Medicine

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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