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pair bond

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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[pair-bond] /ˈpɛərˌbɒnd/ Animal Behavior
verb (used without object)
(of a mating couple) to form and maintain a pair bond.
2. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for pair bond
  • Lovejoy's explanation for the origin of bipedalism thus comes down to the monogamous pair bond.
  • As winter deepens and the pair bond is sealed, great horned owls set up housekeeping.
  • Males engage in a flight courtship display to impress the females, and a monogamous pair bond is formed.
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
pair bonding, noun
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pair bond in Medicine

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

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