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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
1935-1940
1935-40; ant + -ing1, as translation of German Einemsen
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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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