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
Origin of couvadeFrench ; from couver, to hatch ; from Old French cover: see covey
A practice in certain cultures in which the husband of a woman in labor takes to his bed as though he were bearing the child.
Origin of couvadeFrench, from Old French, from couver, to incubate, hatch, from Latin cubare, to lie down on.
- A practice among some peoples, such as the Basques, of the husband of a woman in the last stages of pregnancy taking to bed, avoiding certain foods, or imitating other behaviours of a pregnant woman.
- sympathetic pregnancy: the involuntary sympathetic experience of the husband of symptoms of his wife's pregnancy, such as weight gain or morning sickness.
From French couvade (“brooding”)