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courtship

those aspects of behaviour which involve displays and posturings in order to bring about copulation.
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The girl and Doctor Reefy began their courtship on a summer afternoon.
Surely the only courtship unshaken by doubts and fears must be that in which the lovers can sing together.
'Most courtships that last long does not end up in marriage,' he said.
There are only three of-age Duggars left in Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar's brood, and it wouldn't come as a surprise if all of them announced courtships in the coming year.
cautella, the position of the antennae plays an important role in the average number of successful courtships (Barrer & Hill 1977).
The main objective of this work is to elucidate under what context females occupying retreats as in their natural habitat respond to male courtships and to discuss the possible function of these behaviors.
They found that those who had the shortest courtships were more likely to split up than those who had spent an extended period of time together before they married.
As Valentine's Day brings romance into our lives, courtships will be getting underway, with lots of birds attempting to find mates or to re-kindle old relationships.
Besides investigating the courtships and marriages of Sedgwick family members, Kenslea broadens his analysis to include other salient themes, such as the nascent Unitarian religion and changes in inheritance patterns and women's property rights.
Our main goal was to determine the duration of courtships and identify the behavioral causes of sexual isolation.
Courtship ballads reflect the popular view that parents who destroyed their childrens' courtships, particularly for malign reasons, sent them down a road paved with grief and misery.
The researchers then filmed the courtships as they unfolded.