Meaning of imprinting

im•print•ing

Pronunciation: (im-prin'ting), [key]
— n. Animal Behav., Psychol.
  1. rapid learning that occurs during a brief receptive period, typically soon after birth or hatching, and establishes a long-lasting behavioral response to a specific individual or object, as attachment to parent, offspring, or site.
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