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miner

[ mahy-ner ]
/ ˈmaɪ nər /
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noun

Also called mineworker. a person who works in a mine, especially a commercial mine producing coal or metallic ores.
a mechanical device used in mining: a miner for extracting ores from the ocean floor.
any of several Australian birds of the genus Manorina, feeding on honey and typically having a loud call.
any of various insect larvae that create tunnels in the parenchyma of leaves.
(formerly) a person who places or lays military or naval mines.

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Origin of miner

First recorded in 1225–75; mine2 + -er1; replacing Middle English minour, from Anglo-French (see -or2)

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH miner

miner , minor, myna
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British Dictionary definitions for miner

miner
/ (ˈmaɪnə) /

noun

a person who works in a mine
Also called: continuous miner a large machine for the automatic extraction of minerals, esp coal, from a mine
any of various insects or insect larvae that bore into and feed on plant tissuesSee also leaf miner
Australian any of several honey-eaters of the genus Manorina, esp M. melanocephala (noisy miner), of scrub regionsSee noisy miner
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