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Copulate Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    copulate v : make love; "Birds mate in the Spring" [syn: mate, pair, couple]
Copulate Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Copulate \Cop"u*late\, a. [L. copulatus, p. p. of copulare to couple, fr. copula. See Copula.]
  1. Joined; associated; coupled. [Obs.] --Bacon.
  2. (Gram.) Joining subject and predicate; copulative. --F. A. March.
Copulate Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Copulate \Cop"u*late\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Copulated; p. pr. & vb. n. Copulating.] To unite in sexual intercourse; to come together in the act of generation.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Copulate'

In biology, mating is the pairing of opposite-sex or hermaphroditic organisms for copulation and in social animals it also includes the raising of their offspring. For animals, mating methods include random mating, disassortative mating, assortative mating, or a mating pool.

In some birds, it includes such behaviours as nest-building and feeding offspring. The human practice of mating domesticated animals and of artificially inseminating them is part of animal husbandry.

Copulation is the union of the sex organs of two sexually reproducing animals for insemination and subsequent internal fertilization. The two individuals may be of opposite sexes or hermaphroditic, as is the case with, for example, snails.

In some terrestrial arthropods, including insects representing basal (primitive) phylogenetic clades, the male deposits spermatozoa on the substrate, sometimes stored within a special structure. Courtship involves inducing the female to take up the sperm package into her genital opening without actual copulation. In groups such as dragonflies and many spiders, males extrude sperm into secondary copulatory structures removed from their genital opening, which are then used to inseminate the female (in dragonflies, it is a set of modified sternites on the second abdominal segment; in spiders, it is the male pedipalps). In advanced groups of insects, the male uses its aedeagus, a structure formed from the terminal segments of the abdomen, to deposit sperm directly (though sometimes in a capsule called a "spermatophore") into the female's reproductive tract.

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