pair bond

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

First recorded in 1935–40

Other definitions for pair bond (2 of 2)

[ pair-bond ]
/ ˈpɛərˌbɒnd /
Animal Behavior

verb (used without object)
(of a mating couple) to form and maintain a pair bond.
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British Dictionary definitions for pair bond

pair bond

the exclusive relationship formed between a male and a female, esp in some species of animals and birds during courtship and breeding

Derived forms of pair bond

pair bonding, noun
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Medical definitions for pair bond

pair bond
[ pâr ]

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