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 cub&amacron;re, 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”)