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the action of a bird of driving dust into its feathers, which may dislodge parasites


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  • Dust-bathe

    [duhst-beyth] /ˈdʌstˌbeɪð/ verb (used without object), dust-bathed, dust-bathing. Animal Behavior. 1. (of a bird) to squat in dusty soil and fluff dust through the plumage: probably performed to combat ectoparasites.

  • Dustbin

    [duhst-bin] /ˈdʌstˌbɪn/ noun, Chiefly British. 1. an ashcan; garbage can. /ˈdʌstˌbɪn/ noun 1. a large, usually cylindrical container for rubbish, esp one used by a household US and Canadian names garbage can, trash can n. 1848, from dust (n.) + bin.

  • Dust-bowl

    noun 1. the region in the S central U.S. that suffered from dust storms in the 1930s. 2. (lowercase) any similar dry region elsewhere. noun 1. a semiarid area in which the surface soil is exposed to wind erosion and dust storms occur noun 1. the Dust Bowl, the area of the south central US […]

  • Dust-bowler

    noun 1. a person who is a native or resident of a dust bowl region.

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