Main definitions of lek in English

: lek1lek2

lek1

Pronunciation /lek/ /lɛk/

See synonyms for lek

noun

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

Origin

Albanian.

Main definitions of lek in English

: lek1lek2

lek2

Pronunciation /lɛk/ /lek/

See synonyms for 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.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘In those populations, females assemble in courting areas called leks to attract the few males that are flying about.’
    • ‘Resident males remain on leks throughout the long arctic days.’

intransitive verb

[no object]
  • (of males of certain birds and mammals) take part in a communal breeding display on a lek.

    ‘males gather at dawn in the spring to lek’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Polyandry in lekking species may also occur if assessment criteria are subject to error, and in less well-understood situations.’
    • ‘Amazingly, from 5,000 to 50,000 males may congregate during lekking, which occurs over a long breeding season in some cichlids.’

Origin

Late 19th century perhaps from Swedish leka ‘to play’.