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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.
Origin
1935-1940
1935-40

pair-bond

[pair-bond] /ˈpɛərˌbɒnd/
verb (used without object)
1.
(of a mating couple) to form and maintain a pair bond.
noun
2.
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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 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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