lek

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[ lek ]
/ lɛk /
Animal Behavior

noun

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.

(of a male) to assemble in a lek and engage in competitive displays.

Origin of lek

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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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British Dictionary definitions for lekking (1 of 2)

lek

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/ (lɛk) /

noun

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

Word Origin for lek

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

British Dictionary definitions for lekking (2 of 2)

lek

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/ (lɛk) /

noun

the standard monetary unit of Albania, divided into 100 qindarka

Word Origin for lek

from Albanian
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