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aunt +‎ -ing


aunting (uncountable)

  1. (zoology) The provision of maternal care by another, allomothering.
    • 1978, Susan M. Hunt, Katy M. Gamache, & Joan S. Lockard, “Babysitting behavior by age/sex classification in squirrel monkeys (Saimiri sciureus)”, in Primates[1], page 162‎:
      The aunting behavior in a captive group of 22 squirrel monkeys containing three infants was done in terms of the age/sex classification of those animals involved. The time course of the aunting phenomena and the type and intensity of the interactions between the mothers and the aunts were recorded.
    • 1995, Nakagawa N., “A case of infant kidnapping and allomothering by members of a neighbouring group in patas monkeys”, in Folia Primatol[2]:
      Such kidnapping rarely results in serious injury or death (i.e. 'aunting-to-death') with infant patas monkeys.
  2. (sociology) The interactions arising from an aunt or aunt-like relationship
    • 2006, Regina Louise Davis-Sowers, “Salvaging Children's Lives: Understanding the Experiences of Black Aunts Who Serve as Kinship Care Providers within Black Families.”, in (Please provide the book title or journal name)[3]:
      I found that aunting, or the care and nurture of children by aunts and great-aunts, is gendered and invisible work that, at the most basic level, salvages children’s lives.
    • 2010, Laura Ellingson & Patty Sotirin, Aunting: Cultural Practices that Sustain Family and Community Life:
      Many of the strong connections with aunts exist because this role is more negotiable, flexible, and adaptable than parenting, Sotirin says. And aunts don’t necessarily have to be related, either, hence the new verb, aunting, a set of practices that supports personal, familial and community bonds through material, emotional, and symbolic means.
    • 2015, Lavonne Kroeker, “The Importance of Aunts”, in (Please provide the book title or journal name)[4]:
      Aunting speaks to the ways in which women can influence the children in their lives – and I don’t believe it is limited to biological aunties.