howdy process
 n.— «Vivian, who arrived at the old Central Texas Zoo in 1966 as a teenager from the wild, had literally bitten the heads off two previous suitors. But the third time was the charm: Vivian reacted well during the “howdy” process—zoo parlance for slowly introducing animals to each other with a mesh safety barrier in between them.» —“ Senior citizen animals thrive at Waco’s Cameron Park Zoo” by Terri Jo Ryan Tribune-Herald (Waco, Texas) May 25, 2009. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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