[koo-vahd; French koo-vad] /kuˈvɑd; French kuˈvad/
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.
/kuːˈvɑːd; French kuvad/
(anthropol) a custom in certain cultures of treating the husband of a woman giving birth as if he were bearing the child
couvade cou·vade (kōō-väd’)
A practice in certain non-Western cultures in which the husband of a woman in labor takes to his bed as though he were bearing the child.
- Couvade syndrome
noun 1. a psychosomatic condition in which the husband or partner of a pregnant woman experiences symptoms of childbirth or pregnancy
- Couvelaire uterus
Couvelaire uterus Cou·ve·laire uterus (kōō-və-lěr’) n. Extravasation of blood into the uterine musculature and beneath the uterine peritoneum in association with premature detachment of the placenta.
/kʊˈvɛə/ noun 1. another word for cover (sense 32)
/ˈkʌzən/ noun 1. (South African) a friend