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[an-ting] /ˈæn tɪŋ/
the placing of ants among the feathers, done by certain birds apparently to kill parasites.
Origin of anting
1935-40; ant + -ing1, as translation of German Einemsen Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Their faith in what they call their anting anting16 is unbreakable.

    The Katipunan J. Brecknock Watson (AKA Francis St. Clair)
  • He wished to send her his “anting anting” (his good luck charm), and some little money he had saved before the war began.

    Bamboo Tales Ira L. Reeves
  • A belief in the invulnerability (anting) of certain persons was a common superstition.

  • The anting gate was the point selected, the Chinese being given until the 12th for a peaceful surrender.

  • The Chinese were given until noon on October 13 to give up the anting gate.

    General Gordon

    Seton Churchill
British Dictionary definitions for anting


the placing or rubbing of ants by birds on their feathers. The body fluids of the ants are thought to repel parasites
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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