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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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  • Personality determines whether tarantulas copulate with males or cannibalize them
    Sexual cannibalism in spiders – the attack and consumption of males by females before or after copulation – is very widespread. A new investigation analyses the reason behind such extreme behaviour, at times even before the females have ensured the sperm's fertilisation of their eggs. Read more on this news related to 'Copulate'
  • News station puts two bunnies on air and guess what happens [VIDEO]
    There’s a reason the expression “like rabbits” is used when describing folks that copulate frequently. Bunnies are notorious for their lack of shame. Read more on this news related to 'Copulate'
  • Tarantulas' personality determines whether they copulate with males or cannibalize them
    Sexual cannibalism in spiders – the attack and consumption of males by females before or after copulation – is very widespread. A new investigation analyses the reason behind such extreme behavior, at times even before the females have ensured the sperm’s fertilization of their eggs. Read more on this news related to 'Copulate'

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