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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for anting

Historical Examples of anting

  • 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
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