Onan

After Onan’s brother Er was slain by God, his father Judah told him to fulfill his duty as a brother-in-law to Tamar, by giving her offspring. However, when Onan had intercourse with Tamar, he withdrew at themoment of ejeculation – coitus interruptus –  since any child born would not legally be considered his heir. He disregarded the principle of a levirate union, so God slew him.

(Genesis 38:3-10)

Dorothy Parker named her Budgerigar “Onan” – because he was always spilling his seed on the ground

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