alloparent

noun al·lo·par·ent \ ˈa-lə-ˌper-ənt \

Definition of alloparent

plural alloparents
:an individual other than the biological parent of an offspring that performs the functions of a parent (as by temporarily caring for an infant)
  • Alloparents are not unconditional caretakers; they won’t devote scarce resources to other offspring at the expense of their own.
  • —Jeffrey KlugerTime8 May 2000

alloparent

verb, transitive + intransitive, alloparenting; alloparented; alloparents
    • … a key aspect of the human evolutionary pattern of reproduction and development involves the contribution of dependent children to alloparent younger kin.
    • —Paula Ivey Henry et al., in Hunter-Gatherer Childhoods2005
    • … discovering whether some individuals were more likely to alloparent than others, and if so, the attributes that were associated with this heightened likelihood of care.
    • —Peter H. Klopfer, in Non-Animal Techniques in Biomedical and Behavioral Research and Testing1993

alloparental

play \ˌa-lə-pə-ˈren-tᵊl\ adjective
    • males exhibiting alloparental behavior [=males who perform parental duties for offspring who are not biologically their own]

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