(Adult / Slang)
Etymology: From the Latin copulâre , copulât- , to join together, copulatus ; being linked together; copula , link:
1. Sexual intercourse. The term is applied to the mating of hunans and animals. See copulation for synonyms.
2. Specifically, vaginal intercourse, in distinction to anal and oral copulation.
(1) The OED attributes this quote to William Caxton (1483): ' Made one flesshe by carnal copulacyon.'
(2) William Shakespeare (1564-1616) King Lear : ' Adultery? Thou shalt not die. Die for adultery! / No, the wren goes to't, and the small gilded fly / Does lecher in my sight. Let copulation thrive.'
(3) Andrew Wyke (Laurence Olivier) and Milos Tindle (Michael Caine) in Sleuth (1972): ' I'm in the pink of condition. I could copulate for England at any distance.'
(4) Charlotte Flax (Winona Ryder) implores God by crossing herself in Mermaids (1990): ' Please, God! Don't let me fall in love and do one of those disgusting things.'