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ani

[ah-nee, ah-nee]
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noun, plural a·nis.
  1. any of several black, tropical American cuckoos of the genus Crotophaga, having a compressed, bladelike bill.
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Origin of ani

1820–30; < Spanish or Portuguese < Tupi or Guarani
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  • "No-no; I thought of that myself, and Nemu too advised it," cried Ani.

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    Georg Ebers

  • My uncle Ani commanded that you should not leave the palace.

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    Georg Ebers

  • Ani took leave of her with kindly formality, which she returned with coolness.

    Uarda, Complete

    Georg Ebers

  • Ani was much lauded for the wonderful choiceness of the liquor.

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    Georg Ebers

  • Ani turned to leave her; he glanced once more at the great hall, and said with a sigh.

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    Georg Ebers


British Dictionary definitions for ani

ani

noun plural anis
  1. any of several gregarious tropical American birds of the genus Crotophaga: family Cuculidae (cuckoos). They have a black plumage, long square-tipped tail, and heavily hooked bill
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Word Origin

Spanish aní, from Tupi
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Word Origin and History for ani

n.

black bird of the cuckoo family, 1829, from Spanish or Portuguese ani, from Tupi.

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