Definition of ani in English:


Syllabification: a·ni
Pronunciation: /äˈnē

noun (plural anis)

  • A glossy black long-tailed bird of the cuckoo family, with a large deep bill, found in Central and South America.
    • Genus Crotophaga, family Cuculidae: three species
    More example sentences
    • Because anis have altricial nestlings, the provisioning help of all breeding adults is essential.
    • Be on the lookout for Caribbean dove, West Indian woodpecker, Cuban bullfinch, and smooth-billed ani.
    • I needed to pick up an extra pair of binoculars from him, and he also showed me pictures from his recent trip to the Valley… Elegant Trogon, Crimson-collared Grosbeak, ani, jays, etc.


early 19th century: from Spanish ani, Portuguese anum, from Tupi anũ.

More definitions of ani

Definition of ani in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day astrogation
Pronunciation: ˌastrə(ʊ)ˈgeɪʃ(ə)n
(in science fiction) navigation in outer space