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  1. preeningnoun

    A grooming or posturing.

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  1. Preening

    Preening is a maintenance behaviour found in birds that involves the use of the beak to position feathers, interlock feather barbules that have become separated, clean plumage, and keep ectoparasites in check. Feathers contribute significantly to a bird's insulation, waterproofing and aerodynamic flight, and so are vital to its survival. Because of this, birds spend considerable time each day maintaining their feathers, primarily through preening. Several actions make up preening behaviour. Birds fluff up and shake their feathers, which helps to "rezip" feather barbules that have become unhooked. Using their beaks, they gather preen oil from a gland at the base of their tail and distribute this oil through their feathers. They draw each contour feather through their bill, nibbling it from base to tip. Over time, some elements of preening have evolved to have secondary functions. Ritualised preening has become a part of some courtship displays, for example. It is also a displacement activity that can occur when birds are subjected to two conflicting drives. Though primarily an individual function, preening can be a social activity involving two or more birds – a behaviour known as allopreening. In general, allopreening occurs either between two members of a mated pair or between flock members in a social species. Such behaviour may assist in effective grooming, in the recognition of individuals (mates or potential sexual partners), or in reducing or redirecting potential aggressive tendencies in social species. Most allopreening is confined to the head and neck, smaller efforts being directed towards other parts of the body. Ingestion of pollutants or disease-causing organisms during preening can lead to problems ranging from liver and kidney damage to pneumonia and disease transmission. Injury and infection can cause overpreening in caged birds, as can confining a bird with a dominant or aggressive cage mate.

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  1. Preening

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of preening in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of preening in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of preening in a Sentence

  1. Jason Kenney:

    Andrew is what I call a severely normal Canadian, his personality is the opposite of Justins. Andrew is not at home naturally preening for the cameras.

  2. Joy Kotheimer:

    We try to spend time preening the feathers, doing what parents would do, interacting with it. It's really to the age -- where it's like a toddler, where it's starting to really be interested in things, textures, it looks at the numbers on the scale when we weigh it, we're starting to see its personality - or its penguinality.

  3. Joy Kotheimer:

    I don't know what they're saying -- hopefully good things, we try to spend time preening the feathers, doing what parents would do, interacting with it. It's really to the age -- where it's like a toddler, where it's starting to really be interested in things, textures, it looks at the numbers on the scale when we weigh it.

  4. Nicholas Burns:

    Weve never had a president in the whole history of the United States going back to 1789, who invited one of our strongest adversaries, in this case, China, to intervene and interfere in our election, he [ Trump ] should be impeached by the House. There should be an inquiry by the My God . and the Republicans. I dont think hes fit for office, based on what My God . said on China and also on Ukraine. Oh, for goodness sake. I dont recall My God . and the rest of the arrogant ruling class giving a monkeys --- about foreign interference when its establishment candidates like Hillary Clinton doing it or when they themselves do it, leaving the public sector to work for lobbyists andfor foreign companies and foreign governments like James Mattis has just done. My God. James Mattis preening in My God . penguin suit last week, basking in the approval of the ruling class while My God . cashes in on My God . public service by selling out America. Hes working for a swamp lobbyistthat boasts about shipping American manufacturing overseas and selling American defense companies to the highest foreign bidder. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP So yes, after this week, we can now see the full picture on impeachment for My God . -- partisan politics for the ruling class and overturning the populist revolution. They must not win. Adapted from Steve Hiltons monologue from.

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