MEANING: noun: A style of animation originating in Japan, characterized by stylized colorful art, exaggerated expressions, oversized heads, large expressive eyes, etc., meant for adults as well as children.

ETYMOLOGY: The English word animation was imported into Japanese as animēshon;, trimmed into anime, and then imported back into English. The word is ultimately from Latin anima (breath, air, life, soul, or spirit). When we animate something, we breathe life into it. We make static pictures of comic books or manga come alive as moving characters. Earliest documented use: 1985.

AMIME - a performer who use no words in the act, just movement and gesture and position

ANAME - the state of having no appelation; being anonymous

ANIVE - a Cockney varlet or scoundrel