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[kop-yuh-luh] /ˈkɒp yə lə/

noun, plural copulas, copulae
[kop-yuh-lee] /ˈkɒp yəˌli/ (Show IPA)
something that connects or links together.
Also called linking verb. Grammar. a verb, as be, seem, or look, that serves as a connecting link or establishes an identity between subject and complement.
Compare .
Logic. a word or set of words that acts as a connecting link between the subject and predicate of a proposition.
noun (pl) -las, -lae (-ˌliː)
a verb, such as be, seem, or taste, that is used merely to identify or link the subject with the complement of a sentence. Copulas may serve to link nouns (or pronouns), as in he became king, nouns (or pronouns) and adjectival complements, as in sugar tastes sweet, or nouns (or pronouns) and adverbial complements, as in John is in jail
anything that serves as a link
(logic) the often unexpressed link between the subject and predicate terms of a categorial proposition, as are in all men are mortal

linking verb, 1640s, from Latin copula “that which binds, rope, band, bond” (see copulate).

copula cop·u·la (kŏp’yə-lə)
A narrow part connecting two structures.


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  • Copulate

    [verb kop-yuh-leyt; adjective kop-yuh-lit] /verb ˈkɒp yəˌleɪt; adjective ˈkɒp yə lɪt/ verb (used without object), copulated, copulating. 1. to engage in sexual intercourse. adjective 2. connected; joined. /ˈkɒpjʊˌleɪt/ verb 1. (intransitive) to perform sexual intercourse v. early 15c., “to join,” from Latin copulatus, past participle of copulare “join together, couple, bind, link, unite,” from copula […]

  • Copulation

    [kop-yuh-ley-shuh n] /ˌkɒp yəˈleɪ ʃən/ noun 1. sexual intercourse. 2. a joining together or coupling. n. late 14c., “coupling,” from Middle French copulation “mating, copulation” (14c.), from Latin copulationem (nominative copulatio), noun of action from past participle stem of copulare (see copulate). Of the sex act from late 15c., and this became the main sense […]

  • Copulative

    [kop-yuh-ley-tiv, -luh-tiv] /ˈkɒp yəˌleɪ tɪv, -lə tɪv/ adjective 1. serving to unite or couple. 2. Grammar. 3. of or relating to sexual intercourse. noun 4. Grammar. a copulative word. /ˈkɒpjʊlətɪv/ adjective 1. serving to join or unite 2. of or characteristic of copulation 3. (grammar) (of a verb) having the nature of a copula

  • Copulative-asyndeton

    noun, Rhetoric. 1. a staccato effect produced by omitting copulative connectives between two or more items in a group, as in “Friends, Romans, countrymen.”.

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