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couvade


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Couvade  \Cou`vade"\  (k[=oo]`v[.a]d"),  n.  [F.,  fr  couver.  See 
  {Covey}.] 
  A  custom,  among  certain  barbarous  tribes,  that  when  a  woman 
  gives  birth  to  a  child  her  husband  takes  to  his  bed,  as  if 
  ill. 
 
  The  world-wide  custom  of  the  couvade,  where  at 
  childbirth  the  husband  undergoes  medical  treatment,  in 
  many  cases  being  put  to  bed  for  days.  --Tylor. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  couvade 
  n  :  a  custom  among  some  peoples  whereby  the  husband  of  a 
  pregnant  wife  is  put  to  bed  at  the  time  of  bearing  the 
  child 




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