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hunting (n.)

modification of Old English huntung "a hunt, chase; what is hunted, game," verbal noun from hunt (v.). Bartlett (1848) notes it as the word commonly used by sportsmen in the Southern states of the U.S. where in the North they use gunning. Happy hunting-grounds "Native American afterlife paradise" is from "Last of the Mohicans" (1826); hunting-ground in a Native American context is from 1777.

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Definitions of hunting from WordNet

hunting (n.)
the pursuit and killing or capture of wild animals regarded as a sport;
Synonyms: hunt
hunting (n.)
the activity of looking thoroughly in order to find something or someone;
Synonyms: search / hunt
hunting (n.)
the work of finding and killing or capturing animals for food or pelts;
Synonyms: hunt
From wordnet.princeton.edu