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noun, plural mi·nae [mahy-nee] /ˈmaɪ ni/, mi·nas.
  1. 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


  1. myna.


or my·nah, mi·na, mi·nah

  1. 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
Can be confusedminer minor myna
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Historical Examples

  • But he commends Evenus for teaching virtue at such a 'moderate' rate as five minae.



  • Let thirty minae be the penalty; for which sum they will be ample security to you.



  • We can't all afford necklaces and rugs and two minae presents.

  • Do you say that a mistress was purchased for Philolaches for thirty minae?

  • Has he given forty minae, too, to this person, to be as a deposit?

British Dictionary definitions for minae


noun plural -nae (-niː) or -nas
  1. an ancient unit of weight and money, used in Asia Minor, equal to one sixtieth of a talent

Word Origin

C16: via Latin from Greek mnā, of Semitic origin; related to Hebrew māneh mina
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Word Origin and History for minae



talking starling of India, see mynah.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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