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  • noun Rapid back and forth waving or oscillation.
  • verb Present participle of flutter.

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  • noun the motion made by flapping up and down


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  • "The new understanding of wild black bear (Ursus americanus) behaviour unveiled by Prof Roger's research is depicted by the BBC natural history programme Natural World: 'Bearwalker of the Northwoods'. As part of the programme, the BBC film crew working with Prof Rogers recorded wild black bears mating for the first time. When the male bear mounts the female, his body shakes in a behaviour that Prof Rogers calls fluttering."

    - Matt Walker, The man who walks with bears,, 27 Oct 2009.

    October 27, 2009

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