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courtship

those aspects of behaviour which involve displays and posturings in order to bring about copulation.

courtship

paying attention to a member of the opposite sex with a view to mating; occurs in farm animals but is not highly developed other than estral display by the female and seeking by the male, activities that are rather more pragmatic than implied in the definition. In the much smaller mating groups that prevail in wild animals, fish and birds in the wild, courtship is often a very ritualistic and prolonged activity including changes in behavior and coloring aided by physical contact, and sometimes the preparation and use of a courtship pad, as in peafowls (peacocks) and Argus pheasants.

courtship feeding
see neurotic regurgitation.
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All he asked, in that case, was that she would recall to mind, for the last time, what the circumstances were under which the engagement between them was made, and what his conduct had been from the beginning of the courtship to the present time.
After some time he recovered himself a little, and from that time became the most humble, the most modest, and most importunate man alive in his courtship.
This relation may serve, therefore, to let the ladies see that the advantage is not so much on the other side as the men think it is; and though it may be true that the men have but too much choice among us, and that some women may be found who will dishonour themselves, be cheap, and easy to come at, and will scarce wait to be asked, yet if they will have women, as I may say, worth having, they may find them as uncomeatable as ever and that those that are otherwise are a sort of people that have such deficiencies, when had, as rather recommend the ladies that are difficult than encourage the men to go on with their easy courtship, and expect wives equally valuable that will come at first call.
She and Stephen were in that stage of courtship which makes the most exquisite moment of youth, the freshest blossom-time of passion,--when each is sure of the other's love, but no formal declaration has been made, and all is mutual divination, exalting the most trivial word, the lightest gesture, into thrills delicate and delicious as wafted jasmine scent.
Surely the only courtship unshaken by doubts and fears must be that in which the lovers can sing together.
That's the courtship display North African birds called houbara bustards (Chlamydotis undulata) perform repeatedly.
Washington, April 30 ( ANI ): A new study has revealed that females prefer courtship over competitiveness when it comes to choosing mates.
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Chaucer may have been looking out his window watching birds courtship displays during February when he wrote in his poem, The parliament of fowls, "for this was seynt Valentynes day.
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For the next three Wednesdays, Wachusett Meadow is sponsoring spring woodcock watches, where participants can see the birds during their courtship flights.
The modern world may have forgotten the old rituals of courtship thanks to tools like dating sites, social media, text messages, Skype and any other device romantic hopefuls may use.