copulation

copulation

[kop-yuh-ley-shuhn]
noun
1.
sexual intercourse.
2.
a joining together or coupling.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English copulacion < Latin cōpulātiōn- (stem of copulātio) a binding together. See copulate, -ion

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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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copulation
c.1400, "coupling," from Fr. copulation (14c.), from L. copulationem, noun of action from copulare (see copulate). Especially of the sex act from 16c.
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copulation cop·u·la·tion (kŏp'yə-lā'shən)
n.

  1. Conjugation between two cells that do not fuse but separate after mutual fertilization.

  2. See coitus.


cop'u·late' v.
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