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lek 1

n. pl. lek·e (lĕk′ĕ) or leks
See Table at currency.

[Albanian, after Lek Dukagjin, 15th-century Albanian feudal lord and lawgiver.]

lek 2

1. A location where male animals of the same species gather and often present displays and where females go to select a male to mate with.
2. A group of males gathered at such a place.
intr.v. lekked, lek·king, leks
1. To have a mating system in which males form leks: mammals that lek.
2. To participate in a lek.

[Short for Swedish lekställe, playground, mating ground (as of black grouse) : lek, play, sport, mating; see fartlek + ställe, place.]


1. (Zoology) a small area in which birds of certain species, notably the black grouse, gather for sexual display and courtship
2. (Zoology) 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]


(Currencies) the standard monetary unit of Albania, divided into 100 qindarka
[from Albanian]



n., v. lekked, lek•king. Animal Behav. n.
1. a place where males assemble during the mating season and engage in competitive displays that attract females.
2. (of a male) to assemble in a lek and engage in competitive displays.
[1865–70; < Swedish: mating ground]



n., pl. leks, lek•e (ˈlɛk ə)
the basic monetary unit of Albania.
[1925–30; < Albanian]


 a gathering or congregating, as in sport; as many as fifty birds gathered together.
Example: lek of black grouse, 1884.
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Noun1.lek - the basic unit of money in Albania
Albanian monetary unit - monetary unit in Albania
qindarka, qintar - 100 qindarka equal 1 lek in Albania
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Once, during a brief halt, when he got tangled in the traces and delayed the start, both Dave and Sol- leks flew at him and administered a sound trouncing.
Males display in classical leks where 2-70 individuals aggregate (Snow 1962, Olson and McDowell 1983).
The display ground is called a lek, and while there, my mind briefly turned to one of the two British breeding birds that performs a similar display: the Black Grouse.
The two species meet in northwest Panama and form leks together, which gives scientists the opportunity to see what happens when new species reunite.
The males display their amazing plumage for any female that visit the lek, making it fairly easy for a female to assess several males before choosing one to mate with.
The GCT, working with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, the Ministry of Defence, English Nature and Northumbrian Water, want to use the lottery cash to extend a network of leks north from Otterburn across the border by providing better breeding grounds.
Within this habitat, lesser prairie chickens are most easily located and observed in spring, when males gather at leks to display, vocalize and mate with females (Giesen 1998).
Lek sites are traditional and some have been recorded in annual use for up to 60 years.
Jiggins wonders whether male butterflies visiting leks get choosy, perhaps selecting uninfected females.
manacus may be dispersed to spatially restricted areas near leks or, in a smaller scale, seeds may have a contagious dispersal (sensu Schupp et ai.
But, especially when males display together, and females go to the leks to window shop, they're a huge advantage.