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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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Perhaps the biggest benefit of courtship is that it also allows us, as a family, to better understand the person interested in one of our children.
In 1850 Elizabeth's Sonnets from the Portuguese, which are a record of the Brownings' courtship and which had been written during that time, were published as part of a larger collection.
Having announced that marriage and courtship are central to the Shakespearian canon (no great revelation there), Cook goes on to assert that a knowledge of Renaissance practices in relation to the legal and social procedures surrounding the cementing of heterosexual relationships is something that will serve to augment an understanding of the plays themselves: 'Making a Match comes under the heading of homework, the essential if time-consuming task of finding out what certain kinds of behavior once signified'.
Life at court and courtly sexual behaviour were alternately reviled and celebrated, and this complex response to courtship became still more intense with the accession of a female monarch.
instead, courtship was the appropriate precedent to marriage, and it belonged to the world of the young and was instigated by the young people themselves.
And you can sit on the shore and watch the courtship dances of albatross, frigates, boobies and flamingos.
Caption: Anna and Hans dance through their courtship in Frozen.
Josiah and Marjorie first announced their courtship in May 2015.
Barr discusses the courtship, love, and combat experiences of Captain Josiah Moore and his eventual wife Jennie during the U.
odoriphaga male performs obvious courtship behavior which may be evoked by the sex pheromone released by female flies.
Osorio & Cibrian-Tovar (2000b) reported that the duration of the pre-courtship behavior is related to the courtship activity.
Simbang Gabi is for worship, not for courtship," said the Candle Light, the weekly newsletter of the parish.