ani

[ ah-nee, ah-nee ]
/ ˈɑ ni, ɑˈni /
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noun, plural a·nis.

any of several black, tropical American cuckoos of the genus Crotophaga, having a compressed, bladelike bill.

Nearby words

  1. anhydremia,
  2. anhydride,
  3. anhydrite,
  4. anhydro-,
  5. anhydrous,
  6. aniakchak,
  7. aniakchak crater,
  8. anianiau,
  9. anicca,
  10. anicetus

Origin of ani

1820–30; < Spanish or Portuguese < Tupi or Guarani

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British Dictionary definitions for ani

ani

/ (ˈɑːnɪ) /

noun plural 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 for ani

Spanish aní, from Tupi

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Word Origin and History for ani

ani

n.

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

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