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.

1935–40 Unabridged


[pair-bond] Animal Behavior.
verb (used without object)
(of a mating couple) to form and maintain a pair bond.
noun Unabridged
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pair bond
the exclusive relationship formed between a male and a female, esp in some species of animals and birds during courtship and breeding
pair bonding

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

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