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lek

1

[ lek ]

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, lek·king.
  1. (of a male) to assemble in a lek and engage in competitive displays.

lek

2

[ lek ]

noun

  1. an aluminum coin and monetary unit of Albania, equal to 100 qintars.

Lek

3

[ lek ]

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.

lek

1

/ lɛk /

noun

  1. the standard monetary unit of Albania, divided into 100 qindarka


lek

2

/ 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

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Word History and Origins

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

Origin of lek2

Borrowed into English from Albanian around 1925–30

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Word History and Origins

Origin of lek1

from Albanian

Origin of lek2

C19: perhaps from dialect lake (vb) from Old English lácan to frolic, fight, or perhaps from Swedish leka to play

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Example Sentences

She spends much of her time there worrying about the future of the local Gunnison sage grouse population, which has returned to its lek, or mating grounds, on her father’s land for as long as she can remember.

The Ritz hired Thai architect Lek Bunnag for the grounds and IA49 as the interior designer.

Acatalectic, a-kat-a-lek′tik, adj. having the complete number of syllables as a verse: without defect.

Dat's de fines' hawse dat dis chile ebber seen, an' I'se gwan ter watch ober heem lek he wus de apple ob mah eye.

Lek had travelled much over Germany, but he had never before seen a town like the one below him.

He strode away towards a faded cottage on the outskirts of the town, leaving Lek to wonder what his mysterious answer could mean.

Away hobbled the dame; and Lek, wondering at her answer, entered what seemed to him the principal street.

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