intercourse
noun Etymology: Middle English intercurse, probably from Middle French entrecours, from Medieval Latin intercursus, from Latin, act of running between, from intercurrere to run between, from inter- + currere to run — more at car Date: 15th century 1. connection or dealings between persons or groups 2. exchange especially of thoughts or feelings ; communion 3. physical sexual contact between individuals that involves the genitalia of at least one person <
anal intercourse
>
<
oral intercourse
>
; especially sexual intercourse 1 <
heterosexual intercourse
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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