- 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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- 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 lek-river
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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