myna or my·nah, mi·na, mi·nah EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN 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. Origin of myna
First recorded in
1760–70, myna is from the Hindi word mainā
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Examples from the Web for mynah Historical Examples of mynah British Dictionary definitions for mynah 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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Word Origin and History for mynah n.
type of passerine bird of India and the East, "talking starling," 1769, from Hindi
maina "a starling," from Sanskrit madana- "delightful, joyful," related to madati "it gladdens," literally "it bubbles," from PIE root *mad- "moist, wet" (see mast (n.2).
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