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dust-bath

noun
  1. the action of a bird of driving dust into its feathers, which may dislodge parasites
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Historical Examples of dust-bath

  • This appears to be their only giddiness and frivolity, unless a dust-bath in the country road might be considered a dissipation.

    Bird Neighbors

    Neltje Blanchan

  • They took their daily dust-bath, but of late had changed to another higher on the hill.

    Wild Animals I Have Known

    Ernest Thompson Seton

  • No harm was done except to give Flyaway a dust-bath in her nice clean frock.

  • The nests should be in rows around the room, the feeding and water-troughs in the centre, with the dust-bath at one end.

  • On the sandy path is a company of green bee-eaters (Merops viridis) engaged in dust-bath operations.

    Jungle Folk

    Douglas Dewar