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n. pl. a·nis
Any of several chiefly tropical American birds of the genus Crotophaga, related to the cuckoo and having black plumage and a long tail.

[American Spanish aní or Portuguese ani, both from Tupí ani.]
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n, pl anis
(Animals) any of several gregarious tropical American birds of the genus Crotophaga: family Cuculidae (cuckoos). They have a black plumage, long square-tipped tail, and heavily hooked bill
[Spanish aní, from Tupi]
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(ˈɑ ni, ɑˈni)

n., pl. a•nis.
any of several black cuckoos of the genus Crotophaga, of the tropical and subtropical New World.
[1820–30; < Portuguese < Tupi]
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Noun1.ani - black tropical American cuckooani - black tropical American cuckoo  
cuckoo - any of numerous European and North American birds having pointed wings and a long tail
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In April, Microsoft broke its once-monthly update schedule with an emergency fix after finding hackers were exploiting a hole in the way Vista and other versions of Windows handle animated cursor files.
Microsoft also issued another security update for Windows it rated at the lower threat level of "important." The fixes come a little more than a week after it released a patch outside of the regular monthly update to plug a security hole related to an animated cursor that hackers had used to launch attacks after users clicked on links to malicious Web sites.The company has been working to improve the security and reliability of its software as more and more malicious software target weaknesses in Windows and other Microsoft software.
The Microsoft Windows Animated Cursor Remote Code Execution Vulnerability (.ANI) has reportedly been published in Microsoft Security bulletin MS07-017.