myna

or my·nah, mi·na, mi·nah

[ mahy-nuh ]
/ ˈmaɪ nə /

noun

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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH myna

miner minor myna
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Example sentences from the Web for mynah

  • There is a finish about the mynah's and the starling's mimicry which certainly beats that of the parrots.

British Dictionary definitions for mynah

mynah

myna

/ (ˈmaɪnə) /

noun

any of various tropical Asian starlings of the genera Acridotheres, Gracula, etc, esp G. religiosa (see hill mynah), some of which can mimic human speech

Word Origin for mynah

C18: from Hindi mainā, from Sanskrit madana
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