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[pair-bond]Animal Behavior
verb (used without object)
  1. (of a mating couple) to form and maintain a pair bond.
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pair bond

noun Animal Behavior.
  1. a partnership between a mating couple that lasts through one season, serving primarily in the cooperative rearing of young.
  2. the couple that forms such a partnership.
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Origin of pair bond

First recorded in 1935–40
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Historical Examples of pair-bond

  • However, each ritualized display seemingly strengthens the pair-bond.

    Natural History of the Bell Vireo, Vireo bellii Audubon

    Jon C. Barlow

British Dictionary definitions for pair-bond

pair bond

  1. the exclusive relationship formed between a male and a female, esp in some species of animals and birds during courtship and breeding
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Derived Formspair bonding, noun
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pair-bond in Medicine

pair bond

  1. The temporary or permanent association formed between a female and male animal during courtship and mating.
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