\ä-ˈnē, ˈä-nē \

Definition of ani 

: any of a genus (Crotophaga) of black cuckoos of the warmer parts of America

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Sometimes, internal hemorrhoids can prolapse outside the anus, collecting minute particles of feces or other materials and leading to intense itching known as pruritus ani. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Hemorrhoids: Dangers, treatments and prevention," 4 July 2017 Nie głosowałem ani na PiS, ani na PO, aczkolwiek kibicuję obecnemu rządowi. Palko Karasz And Joanna Berendt, New York Times, "Thoughts on a Poland in Flux: Readers Speak Out," 15 Jan. 2016

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First Known Use of ani

1773, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ani

New Latin, probably modification of Portuguese anuí, from Tupi anúʔí, from anú ani + -ʔí small

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The first known use of ani was in 1773

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plural of anus


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to clear from alleged fault or guilt

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