- a traditional place where males assemble during the mating season and engage in competitive displays that attract females.
- (of a male) to assemble in a lek and engage in competitive displays.
Origin of lek1
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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- a small area in which birds of certain species, notably the black grouse, gather for sexual display and courtship
- 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
- the standard monetary unit of Albania, divided into 100 qindarka
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Word Origin and History for lekking
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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