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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
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  • There is a finish about the mynah's and the starling's mimicry which certainly beats that of the parrots.

British Dictionary definitions for mynah


any of various tropical Asian starlings of the genera Acridotheres, Gracula, etc, esp G. religiosa (see hill mynah), some of which can mimic human speech
Word Origin
C18: from Hindi mainā, from Sanskrit madana
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Word Origin and History for mynah

type of passerine bird of India and the East, "talking starling," 1769, from Hindi maina "a starling," from Sanskrit madana- "delightful, joyful," related to madati "it gladdens," literally "it bubbles," from PIE root *mad- "moist, wet" (see mast (n.2).

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