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

an ancient unit of weight and value equal to the sixtieth part of a talent.

Nearby words

  1. min,
  2. min min,
  3. min-max,
  4. min.,
  5. min.e.,
  6. mina hassan tani,
  7. minable,
  8. minacious,
  9. minaciously,
  10. minacity

Origin of mina

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





or my·nah, mi·na, mi·nah



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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noun plural -nae (-niː) or -nas

an ancient unit of weight and money, used in Asia Minor, equal to one sixtieth of a talent

Word Origin for mina

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.

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