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

Examples of anting in a Sentence

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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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 Aug. 2022.

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