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Definition of pair-bond in English:

verb

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(Of an animal or person) form a close relationship through courtship and sexual activity with one other animal or person: only 3 per cent of all animal species pair-bond
More example sentences
  • Birds are much more likely than other animals to pair-bond.
  • For some bird species pair-bonding lasts a lifetime.
  • They display classic pair-bonding behavior - entwining of necks, mutual preening, flipper flapping, and the rest.

noun

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(pair bond) A relationship formed by pair-bonding.
Example sentences
  • In this species, long-tailed males are preferred by females both to form a pair bond and to engage in extrapair copulations.
  • Pairs of breeding forest-falcons sing duets before sunrise, a behavior that presumably functions to advertise their occupation of a territory, and perhaps to strengthen the pair bond.
  • This species is interesting because they are socially monogamous - that is, an adult male and female form a lifelong pair bond.

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