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Lek

[lek] /lɛk/
noun
1.
a river in the central Netherlands, flowing W to the Meuse River; the N branch of the lower Rhine. 40 miles (64 km) long.
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British Dictionary definitions for lek river

lek1

/lɛk/
noun
1.
a small area in which birds of certain species, notably the black grouse, gather for sexual display and courtship
2.
the act or practice of so gathering
Word Origin
C19: perhaps from dialect lake (vb) from Old English lácan to frolic, fight, or perhaps from Swedish leka to play

lek2

/lɛk/
noun
1.
the standard monetary unit of Albania, divided into 100 qindarka
Word Origin
from Albanian
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Word Origin and History for lek river

lek

v.

to engage in courtship displays of certain animals, 1871, probably from Swedish leka "to play," cognate of English dialectal verb lake (see lark (v.)).

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Encyclopedia Article for lek river

lek

in animal behaviour, communal area in which two or more males of a species perform courtship displays. Lek behaviour, also called arena behaviour, is found in a number of insects, birds, and mammals. Varying degrees of interaction occur between the males, from virtually none to closely cooperative dancing. Females visit the lek briefly to select mates and to copulate, but they do not form lasting pair bonds with the males

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