myna

myna

[mahy-nuh]
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.
Also, mynah, mina, minah.


Origin:
1760–70; < Hindi mainā

miner, minor, myna.
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mynah or myna (ˈmaɪnə)
 
n
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
 
[C18: from Hindi mainā, from Sanskrit madana]
 
myna or myna
 
n
 
[C18: from Hindi mainā, from Sanskrit madana]

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