pair-bond

[pair-bond]Animal Behavior

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.

Origin of pair bond

First recorded in 1935–40
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British Dictionary definitions for pair-bond

pair bond

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

pair bond

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