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[mahy-nuh] /ˈmaɪ nə/
noun, plural minae
[mahy-nee] /ˈmaɪ ni/ (Show IPA),
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


[mahy-nuh] /ˈmaɪ nə/


or mynah, mina, minah

[mahy-nuh] /ˈmaɪ nə/
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.
First recorded in 1760-70, myna is from the Hindi word mainā
Can be confused
miner, minor, myna. Unabridged
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  • "And more costly still to Portugal," croaked the Marquis of minas.

    The Snare Rafael Sabatini
  • Alcibiades had a dog which cost him seventy minas, and was very large and handsome.

  • As yet there is no direct road from place to place, but by the shores of the Basin of minas.

    Acadia Frederic S. Cozzens
  • minas, to the north of Maldonado, has a population of about sixty thousand.

    Uruguay W. H. Koebel
  • minas also produces lead, but this, too, has suffered from considerable neglect.

    Uruguay W. H. Koebel
  • An Italian bought him for a brotherhood in Magna Graecia for ten minas.

    Essays on the Greek Romances Elizabeth Hazelton Haight
  • Oh, he had to go and build a new home in the Basin of minas.

    Finding the Lost Treasure Helen M. Persons
  • As you ask me,” replied Hippocles, “I may say that it costs about two minas a yard.

    Callias Alfred John Church
  • The Basin of minas could be easily reached at high tide by boat.

    The Land of Evangeline

    John Frederic Herbin
British Dictionary definitions for minas


noun (pl) -nae (-niː), -nas
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 minas



talking starling of India, see mynah.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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