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Meaning of couvade

cou•vade

Pronunciation: (k-väd' Fr. k-vad'), [key]
— n.
  1. a practice among some peoples, as the Basques of Spain, in which a man, immediately preceding the birth of his child, takes to his bed in an enactment of the birth experience and subjects himself to various taboos usually associated with pregnancy.
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