Definition of alloparent
- 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, 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 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
alloparentalplay \ˌa-lə-pə-ˈren-tᵊl\ adjective
- males exhibiting alloparental behavior [=males who perform parental duties for offspring who are not biologically their own]