ant·​ing ˈan-tiŋ How to pronounce anting (audio)
: bird behavior in which ants are rubbed on the feathers to obtain chemicals (such as formic acid) from the ants

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Recent Examples on the Web Leahy discusses air conditioning (do birds sweat?), altitude, anting and apocalypse. Jim Williams, Star Tribune, 27 July 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1936, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of anting was in 1936

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“Anting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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