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lek 1

Syllabification: lek

noun

The basic monetary unit of Albania, equal to 100 qindarkas.

Origin

Albanian.

Words that rhyme with lek

beck, bedeck, check, cheque, Chiang Kai-shek, crosscheck, Czech, deck, dreck, exec, fleck, heck, hitech, keck, neck, peck, Québec, rec, reck, sec, sneck, spec, speck, spot-check, tec, tech, Toulouse-Lautrec, trek, wreck

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lek 2 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.
Example sentences
  • 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
More example sentences
  • 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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