- a variety of anisette made especially in Spain and Latin America.
noun, plural a·nis.
- any of several black, tropical American cuckoos of the genus Crotophaga, having a compressed, bladelike bill.
- variant of aniso- before a vowel.
noun plural anis
- 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
black bird of the cuckoo family, 1829, from Spanish or Portuguese ani, from Tupi.