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copulation

 [kop″u-la´shun]
sexual union or coitus; the transfer of the sperm from male to female; usually applied to animals other than humans.

cop·u·la·tion

(kop'yū-lā'shŭn),
1. Synonym(s): coitus
2. In protozoology, conjugation between two cells that do not fuse but, rather, separate after mutual fertilization; observed in the ciliophora, as in Paramecium.
[L. copulatio, a joining]

copulation

/cop·u·la·tion/ (kop″u-la´shun) sexual union; the transfer of the sperm from male to female; usually applied to the mating process in nonhuman animals.

copulation

intercourse See coitus.

copulation

The act of engaging in sexual intercourse.

cop·u·la·tion

(kop'yū-lā'shŭn)
1. Synonym(s): coitus.
2. protozoology Conjugation between two cells that do not fuse but separate after mutual fertilization; observed in the ciliophora, as in Paramecium.
[L. copulatio, a joining]

copulation

A joining together in the act of COITUS. The physical element in sexual intercourse.

copulation

or

coitus

the act of coupling of male and female animals in sexual intercourse. In mammals the male organ (penis) penetrates the female and introduces the male SPERM. MATING is a term usually restricted to the behavioural aspects of pair formation and this occurs normally before copulation, while fertilization takes place only after copulation.

copulation

sexual union or coitus; usually applied to animals other than humans.

copulation behavior
see mating behavior.
copulation tie
genital lock.
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The third copulation was an extra-pair copulation that occurred between a paired female and a lone, non-territorial male.
Of the 39 copulation events observed during the course of the investigation, 37 of the pairs were in the vertical mating position for the duration of the copulation (described earlier).
Something similar tempts theologians drawn to theopoetics: by ignoring the copulation signaled by the term theopoetics--the coupling of Greek roots for god and to make--some reduce theology to poetical practices.
Nephilid males, on the other hand, always start their sexually active post-molting period with a fully functional pair of palps, and become eunuchs after copulation.
Mate guarding and copulation behaviour in monogamous and polygynous blue tits: do males follow a best of a bad job strategy?
This effect persisted even when the genders were prevented from co-mingling, or when the hermaphrodites were sterile- indicating that neither the physical stress of copulation nor the energy demands of producing offspring were entirely responsible for early death.
We classified copulation attempts as successful when females vigorously ruffled their feathers and departed the lek after copulating (Hagen and Giesen 2005).
Discussion--In our experiment, when in competition for mates, the smaller of the two males performed significantly more homosexual copulation attempts than the larger male.
Females may lay their eggs immediately or in the months after copulation, and the oviposition strategies seem to be related to the length of the ovipositor.
The paint fights, pissing, copulation, and general provocation of the audience derive from Muhl's aggressive dissatisfaction with conventional image production and his attempts to free himself from them.
But we'd forgotten something: Article 125 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, which even today forbids "unnatural carnal copulation with another person of the same or opposite sex or"--how's this for an insult?
Today, it is the requiring of those unaccepting of homosexual copulation to step aside from officiating at marriages performed outside of a religious ceremony; tomorrow, it could be the asking of all professionals, especially those in the direct employ of government, whether they be social or public health workers, educators, members of the medical profession, etc.