Biting vs. Bitting

By Jaxson

  • Biting

    Biting is a common behavior involving the opening and closing of the jaw. This behavior is found in reptiles, mammals, fish and amphibians. Arthropods can also bite. Biting can be a physical action in result of an attack, but it is also a normal activity or response in an animal as it eats, carries objects, softens and prepares food for its young, removes ectoparasites from its body surface, removes plant seeds attached to its fur or hair, scratching itself, and grooming other animals. Animal bites often result in serious infections and some times even death. Dog bites are commonplace, with human children the most commonly bitten by dogs and the face being the most commonly bitten target.The muscle fibers in the jaw are responsible for the opening and closing of the mouth. They initially allow the organism to open their jaw, then contract to bring the teeth together, resulting in the action of a bite. This behaviour can have many implications and is exhibited by many different types of organisms, typically dangerous species such as spiders, snakes, and sharks. Biting is one of the main functions in an organism’s life, providing the ability to forage, eat, build, play, protect and much more.

  • Biting (noun)

    An instance of something being bitten.

  • Biting (adjective)

    Causing a stinging sensation.

    “a biting wind”

  • Biting (adjective)

    Cutting or incisive.

    “a biting criticism”

  • Biting (adjective)

    Tending to bite.

    “a biting insect”

  • Bitting (noun)

    the part of a key that engages the tumblers to activate the lock


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