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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.
Origin of myna
First recorded in 1760-70, myna is from the Hindi word mainā
Can be confused
miner, minor, myna. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Indeed the usual lure bird for a red-headed merlin is a myna.

    Glimpses of Indian Birds Douglas Dewar
  • The other species of myna follow the plough, but not so consistently as the bank myna.

    Glimpses of Indian Birds Douglas Dewar
  • The same may be said of the myna, the king-crow, and a great many other birds and beasts.

    Birds of the Plains Douglas Dewar
  • A myna is a self-assertive bird, a bird that will stand no nonsense.

    Birds of the Plains Douglas Dewar
  • Owing to the self-assertion of the myna he is apt to be quarrelsome.

    Birds of the Plains Douglas Dewar
  • What a transformation does a shower of rain effect in the myna.

    Birds of the Plains Douglas Dewar
  • My experience shows him to be nearly as omnivorous as the myna.

    Jungle Folk Douglas Dewar
  • He dashed about the cage like a thing demented, and so alarmed the myna that I had to let him out.

    Jungle Folk Douglas Dewar
  • Among the latter the most prominent are the grey-necked crow, the koel, the myna, the king-crow and the magpie-robin.

  • The only other myna commonly seen in Himalayan hill stations is the jungle myna (Æthiopsar fuscus).

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