Definition of alloparent
: 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 Kluger, Time, 8 May 2000
alloparentverb, transitive + intransitive,
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 Childhoods, 2005 … 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 Testing, 1993
alloparental\ˌa-lə-pə-ˈren-təl\ play adjective males exhibiting alloparental behavior [=males who perform parental duties for offspring who are not biologically their own]
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