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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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In the study, author Ted Huston, professor of human ecology at the University of Texas, concludes that 'the central task of courtship is for the two partners to make a sound choice, to be drawn into marriage for reasons that will prove out over the long haul.
n = total number of courtships where the behavioral unit took place; the mean is the number of bouts per courtship of all males.
The Sedgwick manuscripts, however, allow Kenslea to examine such courtships through siblings' and parents' eyes, rather than only from the couple's perspective.
Nursery spiders (Pisaura mirabilis) belong to a family known for violent females that, on occasion, attack and eat males attempting courtship, notes Trine Bilde of Arhus University in Denmark.
Unlike seasonal breeders, these males had little time between courtships to catch up on their calories, the authors note.
These wanderings along the paths of possible meanings emphasize the fluidity of vow-taking in this novel and imply a number of possible outcomes for the various courtships.
Ilona Bell, Elizabethan Women and the Poetry of Courtship
Wright described the courtship between giraffes as ``sweet and elegant'' and explained that the male and the female dance around each other, he follows her and lovingly rubs her neck.
Another position from which to view the effects of stuttering on the formation and courtship stage of an intimate relationship is from the perspective of the partner.
The females seemed to dislike this, since the researchers observed a greater probability of cannibalism following shorter courtships.
The two unconscious virgins on the Lower Cobb mark ritual death for three of the courtships in the novel: Louisa's, first with Wentworth then with Benwick, and Anne's with Wentworth.
There is room also for consideration of the implications of the arguably more opportunistic courtships of the poor revealed by the evidence of illegitimacy cases.