A primitive custom in certain cultures in which a man develops labor pains while his wife is in labor and then submits to the same postpartum purification rites and taboos. [Fr. couver, to hatch]

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cou·vade kü-'väd n a custom in some cultures in which when a child is born the father takes to bed as if bearing the child and submits himself to fasting, purification, or taboos

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1. a custom in some tribes whereby a father takes to his bed during or after the birth of his child.
2. a symptom of abdominal pain experienced by a man in relation to his wife's giving birth. It may be due to conversion disorder, anxiety, or sympathy.

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cou·vade (koo-vahdґ) a custom of certain societies in which the husband feigns illness during his wife's parturient and puerperal periods.

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  • COUVADE — Rochefort, un observateur français des indigènes caraïbes des Antilles, baptisa «couvade», au XVIIe siècle, un ensemble de rites accomplis par le mari pendant la grossesse, l’accouchement de l’épouse et la période post natale. «Au même temps que… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 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. [1913 Webster] The world wide custom of the couvade, where at …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Couvade —   [ku vaːdə; zu französisch couver »brüten«, von lateinisch cubare »(im Bett) liegen«] die, / n, Männerkindbett.   * * * Cou|va|de [ku va:də], die; , n [frz. couvade, zu: couver < lat. cubare = (im Bett) liegen] (Völkerk.): (bei bestimmten… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Couvade — (franz., spr. kuwād , »Bebrütung«), s. Männerkindbett …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Couvade — Couvāde (frz., spr. kuw ), Männerkindbett, die Sitte bei manchen Indianerstämmen, Neger und asiat. Völkern, auch bei den Basken, daß statt der Wöchnerin deren Ehemann ein Wochenlager abhält. – Vgl. Ploß (1871 u. 1882) …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • couvade — Costumbre de algunas culturas no occidentales por medio de la cual el marido realiza un parto simulado mientras la mujer da a luz. Diccionario Mosby Medicina, Enfermería y Ciencias de la Salud, Ediciones Hancourt, S.A. 1999 …   Diccionario médico

  • couvade — [ko͞o väd′] n. [Fr < couver, to hatch < OFr cover: see COVEY] a custom of some societies, as the Carib Indians, in which the father of a child just born engages in certain rites, such as resting in bed, as if he had borne the child …   English World dictionary

  • Couvade — The term couvade is derived from the early French word ( Couver to hatch ) and originally referred to the medieval Basque custom in which the father, during or immediately after the birth of a child, took to bed, complained of having labour pains …   Wikipedia

  • couvade — /kooh vahd /; Fr. /kooh vannd /, n. 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… …   Universalium

  • Couvade — Das so genannte Männerkindbett (französisch Couvade [kuˈvaːd]) ist ein Brauch, der unter verschiedenen Naturvölkern verbreitet war und zum Teil noch ist. Dabei übernimmt der Vater des Neugeborenen bestimmte Verhaltens und Fastenpflichten, während …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Couvade — La couvade désigne une coutume, d abord observée dans le Pays basque médiéval, où un futur père, peu avant l accouchement de sa femme, se met au lit, imite la grossesse et se plaint des douleurs de l enfantement, tandis qu on lui accorde le… …   Wikipédia en Français

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