There are 2 definitions of lek in English:

lek1

Syllabification: lek

noun

  • The basic monetary unit of Albania, equal to 100 qintars.

Origin

Albanian.

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Pronunciation: ˌkələrəˈto͝orə
noun
elaborate ornamentation of a vocal melody

There are 2 definitions of lek in English:

lek2

Syllabification: lek

noun

  • A patch of ground used for communal display in the breeding season by the males of certain birds and mammals, especially black grouse. Each male defends a small territory in order to attract females for mating.
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    • Groups of males form leks, or display grounds in the tundra breeding areas.
    • Males gather on a communal breeding ground, or lek, to display for females.
    • Males utilize bright mating colorations when displaying on the lek and contribute only genes to their progeny.

verb

[no object] (usually as adjective lekking) Back to top  
  • Take part in a communal breeding display on a lek: antelopes mate in lekking grounds
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    • If this is so, then a female mating with a lekking male may be avoiding the less healthy males of the population by default.
    • Hermits usually form leks and congregate on traditional lekking grounds, where females visit to choose a mate.
    • Such simultaneous sampling may be common in lekking and chorusing species, which have been the subjects of many studies of sexual selection.

Origin

late 19th century: perhaps from Swedish leka 'to play'.

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