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

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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lek1 (lɛk)
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)
the standard monetary unit of Albania, divided into 100 qindarka
[from Albanian]

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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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