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Ani \A"ni\or ||Ano \A"no\, n. [Native name.] (Zo["o]l.) A black bird of tropical America, the West Indies and Florida ( Crotophaga ani), allied to the cuckoos, having a compressed, bladelike bill and remarkable for communistic nesting. [1913 Webster] ||

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

black bird of the cuckoo family, 1829, from Spanish or Portuguese ani, from Tupi.


n. 1 Automatic Number Identification 2 Andaman and Nicobar Islands


n. black tropical American cuckoo

Ani (bird)

The anis are the three species of near-passerine birds in the genus Crotophaga of the cuckoo family. They are essentially tropical New World birds, although the range of two species just reaches the United States. Recent DNA evidence places them in the group Crotophaginae.

Unlike some cuckoos, the anis are not brood parasites, but nest communally, the cup nest being built by several pairs between 2–6 m high in a tree. A number of females lay their eggs in the nest and then share incubation and feeding.

The anis are large black birds with a long tail and a deep ridged black bill. Their flight is weak and wobbly, but they run well, and usually feed on the ground.

These are very gregarious species, always found in noisy groups. Anis feed on termites, large insects and even lizards and frogs. The claim that they will remove ticks and other parasites from grazing animals has been disputed; while there is no doubt that anis follow grazing animals in order to catch disturbed insects and will occasionally eat fallen ticks, there is no proof that they actively remove ticks from the animals' bodies.

Fossils of two ani species have been found from Pleistocene rocks, dated to between 1.8 million and 10,000 years ago.

ANI (file format)

The ANI file format is a graphics file format used for animated mouse cursors on the Microsoft Windows operating system.

The format is based on the Microsoft RIFF file format, which is used as a container for storing the individual frames (which are standard Windows icons) of the animation.


Āņi is a village in Ādaži Municipality in the historical region of Vidzeme, and the Riga Planning Region in Latvia.

Ani (disambiguation)

__NOTOC__ Ani is a ruined Armenian medieval city in today's Turkey.

Ani or ANI may also refer to:

In places:

  • Ani, Akita, a town located in Kitaakita District, Akita, Japan
  • Ani, Iran (disambiguation), several locations in Iran
  • Āņi, a village in Ādaži Municipality, Latvia
  • Andaman and Nicobar Islands, a group of islands in the Indian Ocean


  • Ani (bird), birds in the genus Crotophaga of the cuckoo family
  • Ani (Etruscan divinity), an Etruscan god of the sky
  • Ani (letter), a letter of the Georgian alphabet
  • Ani (musical), a musical parody of Star Wars
  • Ani (nun), a prefix added to the name of nuns in Tibetan Buddhism
  • Ani, an Egyptian deity, consort of Anit
  • 791 Ani, a minor planet
  • Ala (Odinani), also called Ani, an Igbo goddess
  • Andi language (ISO 639 code: ani), a Northeast Caucasian language


  • ANI (file format), a graphics file format used for animated cursors on the MS Windows operating system
  • , the intelligence agency of Chile

  • Alliance of Nonprofits for Insurance, Risk Retention Group, the nationwide insurer in the Nonprofits Insurance Alliance Group
  • Aniak Airport's IATA code, an airport in Alaska, U.S.
  • Armenian National Institute, an organization dedicated to the research of the Armenian Genocide
  • Asian News International, a regional news agency
  • Athletics Norfolk Island, the governing body for athletics in Norfolk Island
  • Australian National Industries, a defunct Australian heavy engineering company
  • Autism Network International, an autism advocacy organization
  • Automatic number identification, a telephony network feature sending the telephone number of the calling party along with the call
  • Italian Nationalist Association , a defunct Italian political party
  • National Alliance of Independents , a political party in Chile
Ani (surname)

Ani is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Jananne Al-Ani (born 1966), artist, born to an Iraqi father and Irish mother
  • Jeremiah Ani (born 1985), Nigerian international footballer
  • Kwadwo Ani, one of Ghana's premier contemporary artists
  • Maret Ani (born 1982), Estonian tennis player
  • Marimba Ani, anthropologist and African Studies scholar
  • Michael Ani (born 1917), chairman of FEDECO in Nigeria
Ani (letter)

Ani (asomtavruli , nuskhuri , mkhedruli ა) is the 1st letter of the three Georgian scripts.

In the system of Georgian numerals it has a value of 1.

Ani commonly represents an open central unrounded vowel , like the pronunciation of in "father".

Ani (nun)

Ani is a prefix added to the name of a nun in Tibetan Buddhism. Thus, for example, the full title of a nun whose name is Pema becomes Ani Pema (akin to, for example, "Sister Anne" among Catholic nuns)

In Tibetan, the word ani also translates as aunt, which has special significance in Buddhism as the Buddha's aunt, Mahaprajapati, is said to have been the first Buddhist nun.

Concern over the status implied by the term Ani is said to have led some Vajrayana Buddhist nuns in India to prefer the prefix Cho-la (a Buddhist practitioner) or Tsun-ma (reverend lady) (see reference below).

Ani (given name)

Ani is an Armenian feminine given name given in reference to the medieval Armenian capital city of Ani. The name was among the top 10 most popular names given to newborn girls in Armenia in 2012. Means unique, beautiful and exotic.

Notable people with the name include:

  • Ani Batikian (born 1982), Armenian violinist living in Scotland
  • Ani Choying Dolma (born 1971), Buddhist nun and musician from the Nagi Gompa nunnery in Nepal
  • Ani DiFranco (born 1970), American singer, guitarist, and songwriter
  • Ani Ghukasyan, Armenian professional footballer
  • Ani Idrus (1918–1999), Sumatran reporter and co-founder of Waspada daily newspaper
  • Ani Kaaro (died 1901), New Zealand tribal leader and prophet
  • Ani Kavafian (born 1948), classical violinist
  • Ani Khachikyan (born 1991), track and field sprint athlete who competes internationally for Armenia
  • Ani Lorak (born 1978), Ukrainian pop singer
  • Ani Mijačika (born 1987), professional Croatian tennis player
  • Ani Nyhus (born 1983), Canadian softball pitcher
  • Ani Pachen (1933–2002), Tibetan Buddhist nun who led her clan in armed rebellion against China
  • Ani Phyo (born 1968), organic eco chef, author, founder of SmartMonkey Foods
  • Ani Takidze (born 1972), Georgian pianist
  • Ani Vardanyan (born 1991), Armenian figure skater
  • Ani, of the Papyrus of Ani for scribe Ani
  • Ani Bogran born 2004
Ani (musical)

Ani is a play with music written by Matt Lang and Nick Lang with music by Clark Baxtresser and Pierce Siebers.

The musical parodies Star Wars. "Ani" refers to Anakin Skywalker.

The musical was performed between July 3 and August 10, 2014, at Stage 773 in Chicago, Illinois. It ran for a total of 22 performances, and was performed in repertory with The Trail to Oregon!, both being produced by StarKid Productions. The group put the entire musical up on YouTube on October 31, 2014. The musical's cast recording was released on iTunes the same day. The cast recording reached #4 on Billboard's Comedy Albums the week of November 22, 2014.

Usage examples of "ani".

I nose your onur to be a genteelman of more onur and onesty, if I ever said ani such thing, to repete it to hurt a pore servant that as alwais add thee gratest respect in thee wurld for ure onur.

The commonly associated defects are: More or less completely septate bladder, atresia ani, or more rarely double anus, double urethra, increased breadth of the bony pelvis with defect of the symphysis pubis, and possibly duplication of the lower end of the spine, and hernia of some of the abdominal contents into a perineal pouch.

Different sorts, to make aperitif, like quinquina, or digestif, like anis.

Paaker, and Ani shows himself inclined to make use of him, then say to him that I may know a secret--and I do know one, I alone--which may make the Mohar the sport of his wishes, and that I may be disposed to sell it.

Presently Ani raised his wine-cup, and drank to the happy issue of his reconnoitring-expedition, and a victorious conclusion to every struggle in which the Mohar might engage.

I have not bespoken Ani of your terrible plan, but I have warned her that Orogastus and the pirates are sailing down upon Derorguila.

I nose your onur to be a genteelman of more onur and onesty, if I ever said ani such thing, to repete it to hurt a pore servant that as alwais add thee gratest respect in thee wurld for ure onur.

Doplas, Anis Langio, Yngocelen, even the yeomen and women on duty, all crowded around to welcome the boy back.

And Thian identified the thinker of that remark as the pretty dark-haired astrogation officer, Anis Langio.

Eri and Anis both looked queryingly at Rojer who held his arms wide, mimicking Anis' expression.

The Amarna tablets, the papyrus of Ani, and the great Greek manuscript of the Odes of Bacchylides are among the valuables smuggled out of Egypt by this so-called scholar.

Ameni arrived at the palace before them, and entered the banqueting-hall just as Ani was assigning a place to each of his guests.

The Osiris Ani saith:- Hail, Phallus of Ra, which advanceth and beateth down opposition.

And the Osiris Ani is the lord to whom bowings and prostrations are made in Sekhem.

The young nephew of his wife Tuaa, the Regent Ani, who was a few years younger than Rameses, he caused to be brought up in the House of Seti, and treated him like his own son, while the other members of the dethroned royal family were robbed of their possessions or removed altogether.