- 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
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
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Examples from the Web for minae
Let thirty minae be the penalty; for which sum they will be ample security to you.
But he commends Evenus for teaching virtue at such a 'moderate' rate as five minae.
We can't all afford necklaces and rugs and two minae presents.The Works of Lucian of Samosata, v. 4
Lucian of Samosata
Has he given forty minae, too, to this person, to be as a deposit?
You have received, as far as I understand, forty minae of Philolaches.
- an ancient unit of weight and money, used in Asia Minor, equal to one sixtieth of a talent
C16: via Latin from Greek mnā, of Semitic origin; related to Hebrew māneh mina
Word Origin and History for minae
talking starling of India, see mynah.
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