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

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  • "No-no; I thought of that myself, and Nemu too advised it," cried ani.

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

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

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

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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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