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anting

[an-ting] /ˈæn tɪŋ/
noun
1.
the placing of ants among the feathers, done by certain birds apparently to kill parasites.
Origin of anting
1935-1940
1935-40; ant + -ing1, as translation of German Einemsen
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  • 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 Chinese were given until noon on October 13 to give up the anting gate.

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

  • Their faith in what they call their anting anting16 is unbreakable.

    The Katipunan J. Brecknock Watson (AKA Francis St. Clair)
British Dictionary definitions for anting

anting

/ˈæntɪŋ/
noun
1.
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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