- an ancient unit of weight and value equal to the sixtieth part of a talent.
Origin of mina1
1570–80; < Latin < Greek mnâ < Semitic; compare Hebrew māneh mina
or my·nah, mi·na, mi·nah
- any of several Asian birds of the starling family Sturnidae, especially those of the genera Acridotheres and Gracula, certain species of which have the ability to mimic speech and are kept as pets.
Origin of myna
First recorded in 1760–70, myna is from the Hindi word mainā
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Examples from the Web for mina
And according to Mina Black, dance is a powerful form of prayer.
Mina's pupils are cherished, respected and nurtured, as anyone can see.
Mina established a ballet school that serves Orthodox Jewish girls.
Riding the subway to and from her ballet classes, Mina immersed herself in prayer.
Some even feared Mina would corrupt their children, so they called her "toxic."
Mina, (plural Minæ)—Four pounds, three shillings, four pence.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
But perhaps I could pay you a mina of silver: in that sum, then, I amerce myself.
Loss of money might be an evil, but then he has none to give; perhaps he can make up a mina.Apology
There isn't anyone for me to talk to but Mina, and she's paid to work, not to listen.Mary Rose of Mifflin
Frances R. Sterrett
For an instant Mina did not know what she would do; the fear and the attraction struggled.Tristram of Blent
- an ancient unit of weight and money, used in Asia Minor, equal to one sixtieth of a talent
C16: via Latin from Greek mnā, of Semitic origin; related to Hebrew māneh mina
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Word Origin and History for mina
talking starling of India, see mynah.
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