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couvade

Saltos de línea: cou|vade
Pronunciación: /kuːˈvɑːd
 
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Definición de couvade en inglés:

sustantivo

[mass noun]
The custom in some cultures in which a man takes to his bed and goes through certain rituals when his child is being born, as though he were physically affected by the birth.
Example sentences
  • The only known cure for couvade is - birth.
  • But couvade, as I attempt to untangle its relation to colonialism in this essay, is a strategy re-invented for the purposes of reconciliation in narratives of Manichean allegory.
  • In extreme forms of couvade, the man may mimic the pain and process of childbirth and expect his wife to wait on him in the following days.

Origen

mid 19th century: French, from couver 'to hatch', from Latin cubare 'lie down'. The adoption of the term in French was due to a misunderstanding of the phrase faire la couvade 'sit doing nothing', used by earlier writers.

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