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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A rapid learning process by which a newborn or very young animal establishes a behavior pattern of recognition and attraction to another animal of its own kind or to a substitute or an object identified as the parent.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any kind of phase-sensitive learning (learning occurring at a particular age or a particular life stage) that is rapid and apparently independent of the consequences of behavior.
  • v. Present participle of imprint.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The learning of a behavioral pattern that occurs soon after birth or hatching in certain animals, in which a long-lasting response to an individual (such as a parent) or an object is rapidly acquired; it is particularly noted in the response of certain birds to the animal they first see after hatching, usually the parent, as in ducks who will follow the adult duck they first see.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a learning process in early life whereby species specific patterns of behavior are established

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