Main definitions of lek in English

: lek1lek2

lek1

noun

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

Origin

Albanian.

Pronunciation:

lek

/lɛk/

Main definitions of lek in English

: lek1lek2

lek2

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.

    • ‘Resident males remain on leks throughout the long arctic days.’
    • ‘Males utilize bright mating colorations when displaying on the lek and contribute only genes to their progeny.’
    • ‘In those populations, females assemble in courting areas called leks to attract the few males that are flying about.’
    • ‘Males gather on a communal breeding ground, or lek, to display for females.’
    • ‘Groups of males form leks, or display grounds in the tundra breeding areas.’

verb

[NO OBJECT]usually as adjective lekking
  • Take part in a communal breeding display on a lek.

    ‘antelopes mate in lekking grounds’
    • ‘Amazingly, from 5,000 to 50,000 males may congregate during lekking, which occurs over a long breeding season in some cichlids.’
    • ‘Such simultaneous sampling may be common in lekking and chorusing species, which have been the subjects of many studies of sexual selection.’
    • ‘If this is so, then a female mating with a lekking male may be avoiding the less healthy males of the population by default.’
    • ‘Polyandry in lekking species may also occur if assessment criteria are subject to error, and in less well-understood situations.’
    • ‘Hermits usually form leks and congregate on traditional lekking grounds, where females visit to choose a mate.’

Origin

Late 19th century: perhaps from Swedish leka to play.

Pronunciation:

lek

/lɛk/