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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PAIRINGS

Is it about these happy-looking young people of ours, and the future matches that may spring from their pairings—eh, Mrs. Coulter?

M. St. Hilaire describes the pairings, or as he calls it, "the loves of the Moles."

These pairings left Bertram and Kate to each other; and presently they were out-of-doors, drawing on into the woods.

When the pairings were posted on the bulletin board Kitts was in the upper half and Windy in the lower one.

The same diagram equally well represents the pairings and segregations of chromosomes.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-13c., "two of a kind coupled in use," from Old French paire "pair, couple," and directly from Medieval Latin paria "equals," neuter plural of Latin par (genitive paris) "a pair, counterpart, equal," noun use of par (adj.) "equal, equal-sized, well-matched" (see par (n.)). Originally of things. Of persons from late 14c. Meaning "a woman's breasts" is attested from 1922. Pair bond (v.) is first attested 1940, in reference to birds mating.

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