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[ah-nee, ah-nee] /ˈɑ ni, ɑˈni/
noun, plural anis.
any of several black, tropical American cuckoos of the genus Crotophaga, having a compressed, bladelike bill.
Origin of ani
1820-30; < Spanish or Portuguese < Tupi or Guarani Unabridged
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  • And you really believe that you will succeed in putting the sparrow on the eagle's perch—ani on the throne of Rameses?

    Uarda, Complete Georg Ebers
  • "Against Rameses, and for ani," she replied, giving him her slender hand.

    Uarda, Complete Georg Ebers
  • ani's hawk is dead; he has nothing to hope for from Fortune, and I nothing to hope for from him.

    Uarda, Complete Georg Ebers
  • "Because now prudent hesitation would be want of prudence," said ani.

    Uarda, Complete Georg Ebers
  • They build in small colonies but do not, as is claimed of the common ani, build a large nest for several to occupy.

    The Bird Book Chester A. Reed
British Dictionary definitions for ani


noun (pl) anis
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
Word Origin
Spanish aní, from Tupi
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Word Origin and History for ani

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

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