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mina1

[mahy-nuh]
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.
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Origin of mina1

1570–80; < Latin < Greek mnâ < Semitic; compare Hebrew māneh mina

mina2

[mahy-nuh]
noun
  1. myna.
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myna

or my·nah, mi·na, mi·nah

[mahy-nuh]
noun
  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.
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Origin of myna

First recorded in 1760–70, myna is from the Hindi word mainā
Can be confusedminer minor myna
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  • 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

    Plato

  • 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

  • Mina was silent; her memories gave her no such thing as that.

    Tristram of Blent

    Anthony Hope


British Dictionary definitions for mina

mina

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
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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 mina

n.

talking starling of India, see mynah.

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