Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See Table at currency.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The currency unit of Albania, divided into 100 qindarka.
  • n. An aggregation of male animals for the purposes of courtship and display.
  • v. To take part in the courtship and display behaviour of a lek.
  • v. To play.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A dialectal variant of lake.
  • n. An assemblage of black cocks, Tetrao tetrix, during the pairing season, when the birds select their mates.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the basic unit of money in Albania

Etymologies

Albanian, after Lek Dukagjin, 15th-century Albanian feudal lord and lawgiver.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Albanian lek. (Wiktionary)
From Germanic roots meaning "play". In the biology sense, it comes specifically from Swedish lek ("child's play") in 1871, by means of Swedish leka ("to play"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Lekking behavior, biologists call it, and the display site itself is known as a lek.

    The Song of The Dodo

  • I have no doubt the two party crashers at my lek were the same two I had flushed off their pole four miles back.

    grouse Diary Entry

  • Fortunately we were off to finally check Scottys Peak lek, which is only about a dozen miles from town.

    grouse Diary Entry

  • In ornithology, a lek is a pocket of forest where male birds put on curious sexual displays.

    NYT > Home Page

  • The only known 'lek' mating system in any marine mammal in the world is observable amongst South Cove dugong.

    Shark Bay, Australia

  • (It wasn't until I was parked at the second new lek, which is actually the first new lek, that I remember one if the reasons I bought this Olympus camera is because it can use regular alkaline batteries.

    grouse Diary Entry

  • "The female Twi'lek's voice was tinged with just a touch of cynicism.

    The Cat is a Metaphor

  • We did not find the lek but discovered some beautiful natural outcrops of rock and juniper, and raced from one to the next, proclaiming each rock-and-tree arrangement more handsome than the last.

    Bird Cloud

  • Bo.lan Duangporn 'Bo' Songvisava and Dylan Jones' seven-course degustation menu changes regularly, but you can expect something like gaeng ki lek a northern Thai curry dish, along with a fiery representative from the far south.

    Eating in Southeast Asia

  • He adds: "Although he had hopes for being the reincarnation of the All-knowing Yon-ten Gya-tso, he was made the reincarnation of Ngak-wang Ge-lek" (thams cad mkhyen pa yon tan rgya mtsho'i sprul sku yong du re yang ngag dbang dge legs kyi sprul sku byas pas).

    The Shugden Affair: Origins of a Controversy (Part I)

Comments

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  • "Men show off; women pretend to be impressed—the eternal circle of the selective lek."
    Winter by Adam Gopnik, p 147 of the House of Anansi paperback edition

    June 23, 2012

  • Sorry darling, you're out of lek.

    October 22, 2009

  • ...showing off to the opposite sex in groups is a strategy used by many animals (it is known as lekking).

    - "Why Music?", The Economist, vol. 389 no. 8611, p. 42

    December 24, 2008

  • True, trivet. But they probably have more fun at the bars.

    October 13, 2007

  • Errrr - certain ungulates and I think some bats use leks as well...

    October 13, 2007

  • *holding head*

    October 13, 2007

  • They must need an editor, uselessness.

    Yes, it is Albanian currency, but that should never be used to buy a girl bird a drink. Unless, of course, you're in Albania.

    October 13, 2007

  • Yes, see its presence on my Filthy Stinking Rich list.

    October 13, 2007

  • Also the currency of Albania (I think).

    October 13, 2007

  • Haha, how could the dictionary leave that part out?

    October 13, 2007

  • A traditional place where males assemble during the mating season and engage in competitive displays that attract females.

    Oh, I forgot to say "birds." Male birds. ;->

    October 13, 2007