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.

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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Historical Examples of minas

  • "And more costly still to Portugal," croaked the Marquis of Minas.

    The Snare

    Rafael Sabatini

  • Alcibiades had a dog which cost him seventy minas, and was very large and handsome.

  • As yet there is no direct road from place to place, but by the shores of the Basin of Minas.


    Frederic S. Cozzens

  • Minas, to the north of Maldonado, has a population of about sixty thousand.


    W. H. Koebel

  • Minas also produces lead, but this, too, has suffered from considerable neglect.


    W. H. Koebel

British Dictionary definitions for minas


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 minas



talking starling of India, see mynah.

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