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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To engage in sexual intercourse in which the penis is inserted into the vagina.
  • intransitive verb To transfer male reproductive cells from one individual to another, usually into an internal organ or cavity, such as a cloaca. Used of animals.
  • adjective Coupled; joined.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To join together.
  • To unite as a pair; especially, to unite sexually.
  • Joined.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To unite in sexual intercourse; to come together in the act of generation.
  • adjective obsolete Joined; associated; coupled.
  • adjective (Gram.) Joining subject and predicate; copulative.

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  • verb To engage in sexual intercourse.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb engage in sexual intercourse

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin cōpulāre, cōpulāt-, to join together, from cōpula, link.]

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Latin copulare ("to couple") perfect participle from stem copulat-

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