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anting

[ an-ting ]
/ ˈæn tɪŋ /
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noun
the placing of ants among the feathers, done by certain birds apparently to kill parasites.
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Origin of anting

1935–40; ant + -ing1, as translation of German Einemsen
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anting
/ (ˈæntɪŋ) /

noun
the placing or rubbing of ants by birds on their feathers. The body fluids of the ants are thought to repel parasites
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