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The strongly connected or coupled grain boundaries (GBs) between adjacent grains and their macroembodiment as flowing intergrain supercurrents crossing the GBs inside multi- seeded bulk high-temperature superconductors were elucidated by trapped-flux evaluation. Trapped-fleld measurements, after cutting and polishing two multiseeded YBCO bulk samples, were conducted to present the existence of coupled GBs and their distribution along the c-axis growth. The intensive trapped-flux density observed near the GB areas inside the whole sample is direct evidence of a strongly connected or coupled GB. The relatively strong trapped flux near the GB areas and the significant improvement of the total trapped flux compared with the isolated single-grain bulks were ascribed to the intergrain supercurrent flowing across the GBs in large macroscopic loops with coordination of the intragrain supercurrent circulating in each grain of the multiseeded bulk. Based on the experimental results, a simplified simulation model that incorporates two forms of the intra- and inter supercurrents flowing inside the multiseeded bulk is introduced to reproduce the trapped-flux density features, and qualitative agreement is obtained by comparison with the experimental ones.