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A sequence of behavioral patterns that eventually may lead to completed mating.



in ornithology, special behavior at the beginning of the mating period by which the male or female bird attracts an individual of the other sex and by which the birds are brought to a state of readiness for mating. Courtship is a form of animal communication and is expressed in various ways. It may involve singing, special flights, the adoption of special poses to display brightly colored plumage, the construction of false nests, or fights and “tournaments.” Courtship behavior is especially characteristic of polygamous species, for example, the black grouse. The males gather together in special areas away from the females. In the rare case of polyandry, as seen in phalaropes, the female courts the male. Among monogamous species the male courts the female.

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He became a pitiable serial wooer, falling fecklessly in love with one young woman after another--ethereal pianists, aristocratic roses.
Mr Aston Villa, Doug Ellis, is a former director and wooer of nearly as many clubs as Tommy Docherty has managed.
Vase painting shows numerous scenes where there is little or no apparent difference in age between the young wooer and his object of courtship, as well as graphic scenes of sexual experimentation among youths.
The groomsman, the senior wooer, and the rest of the company, though they were all sons of the Roman Church, nevertheless with one voice began to compliment me, explaining that they could understand whatever I had to say; but they jeered at their own student, since he called on majors and minors to help him, though the subject had nothing to do with majors or captains, but with Christ, St.
Each organ of sense became the center of proliferation of life, a center of action: making a wooer happy or unhappy, making time pass or stay still.
The most common subject for discussion is love, particularly the torturous sufferings of the snubbed male wooer, but poems praising or criticizing women, lauding Royalism, friendship, and drink, are also common.
According to MBh 3,277,32, Asvapati asks Savitri to find a husband "equal to herself" (sadrsam atmanah) as no wooer is forthcoming, but according to the SkandaPurana (7,166,16), Asvapathi says that however much he looks, he cannot find for his daughter a bridegroom who in worth is equal to himself (vicarayan na pasyami varam tulyam ihatmanah).
It is almost unbearable anyway to witness Marcel's progress from a starry-eyed wooer (before she loves him) to a sadistic slave-master (after she has fallen for him) so obsessed with fantasies of her betraying him, with men and women, that he makes her an abject captive in his parents' house.
He is a magnificent tenor in the midst of a grand career, and for this reason, one forgives his stiff acting and his inadequacy as a convincing warrior and ardent wooer.
The dragon, which anthropologist Chris Knight defines as paradoxical to the core worldwide--uniting in itself high and low, death and life, animal and human, water and fire, dark and light (8)--is certainly more than the bride's father as seen by her wooer.
Sterne's fickleness and insincerity in his personal relationships become cause to suspect his artistic achievements as well, presumably because the relationship between artist and audience is akin to that between wooer and wooed.
In observing his dying lover, he is artist and wooer, activist and lover, fearful child and manly crusader.