anting

noun
ant·​ing | \ ˈan-tiŋ How to pronounce anting (audio) \

Definition of anting

: bird behavior in which ants are rubbed on the feathers to obtain chemicals (such as formic acid) from the ants

First Known Use of anting

1936, in the meaning defined above

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“Anting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anting. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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