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[koh-ish-uh n] /koʊˈɪʃ ən/


1540s, “going together, coming together,” from Late Latin coitionem (nominative coitio), noun of action from coitus, past participle of coire “to go together, come together” (see coitus). Meaning “sexual copulation” is attested in English from 1610s.


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    [koh-lee-op-ter-uh n, kol-ee-] /ˌkoʊ liˈɒp tər ən, ˌkɒl i-/ noun, plural coleoptera [koh-lee-op-ter-uh, kol-ee-] /ˌkoʊ liˈɒp tər ə, ˌkɒl i-/ (Show IPA) 1. a coleopterous insect; beetle.

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    [koh-lee-op-ter-uh s, kol-ee-] /ˌkoʊ liˈɒp tər əs, ˌkɒl i-/ adjective 1. belonging or pertaining to the order , comprising the beetles.

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