verb (used without object)

  1. (of a mating couple) to form and maintain a pair bond.


  1. 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.


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


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

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