lek

lek

1 [lek] Animal Behavior.
noun
1.
a traditional place where males assemble during the mating season and engage in competitive displays that attract females.
verb (used without object), lekked, lekking.
2.
(of a male) to assemble in a lek and engage in competitive displays.

Origin:
1865–70; < Swedish: mating ground (perhaps elliptically from lekställe), mating, game, play, Old Norse leikr play, cognate with Old English lāc struggle, offering, gift, Gothic laiks dance, Old High German leih melody

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lek

2 [lek]
noun
an aluminum coin and monetary unit of Albania, equal to 100 qintars.

Origin:
1925–30; < Albanian

Lek

[lek]
noun
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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lek1 (lɛk)
 
n
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
 
[C19: perhaps from dialect lake (vb) from Old English lácan to frolic, fight, or perhaps from Swedish leka to play]

lek2 (lɛk)
 
n
the standard monetary unit of Albania, divided into 100 qindarka
 
[from Albanian]

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lek
to engage in courtship displays of certain animals, 1871, probably from Swed. leka "to play," cognate of Eng. dial. verb lake (see lark (v.)).
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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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