allogrooming

(from the article `animal communication`) In many mammalian species, the members of social groups engage in bouts of grooming (called allogrooming when performed on another individual). ... ...acts that are transformed in the process of ritualization may have social or nonsocial precursors. The best known example of ritualization throug...
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allogrooming

allogrooming, allogrooming 1. A behavior pattern in which an animal grooms the fur or skin of another animal of the same species. 2. In animal behavior, the grooming of one individual by another one. This may involve the grooming of offspring by a parent or of one sex by another sex.
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