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mina1

[mahy-nuh] /ˈmaɪ nə/
noun, plural minae
[mahy-nee] /ˈmaɪ ni/ (Show IPA),
minas.
1.
an ancient unit of weight and value equal to the sixtieth part of a talent.
Origin of mina1
1570-1580
1570-80; < Latin < Greek mnâ < Semitic; compare Hebrew māneh mina

mina2

[mahy-nuh] /ˈmaɪ nə/
noun
1.
myna.

myna

or mynah, mina, minah

[mahy-nuh] /ˈmaɪ nə/
noun
1.
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
1760-70; < Hindi mainā
Can be confused
miner, minor, myna.
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  • Under less excitement than that of the day before, mina found it hard to get up; but at length she succeeded.

    The Faith Doctor Edward Eggleston
  • But perhaps I could pay you a mina of silver: in that sum, then, I amerce myself.

  • But I've consented to see mina and hear what she has to say.

    Tristram of Blent Anthony Hope
  • There isn't anyone for me to talk to but mina, and she's paid to work, not to listen.

    Mary Rose of Mifflin Frances R. Sterrett
  • He spoke rather slowly, in a pleasant voice, but with something in his air that puzzled mina.

    Tristram of Blent Anthony Hope
British Dictionary definitions for mina

mina

/ˈmaɪnə/
noun (pl) -nae (-niː), -nas
1.
an ancient unit of weight and money, used in Asia Minor, equal to one sixtieth of a talent
Word Origin
C16: via Latin from Greek mnā, of Semitic origin; related to Hebrew māneh mina
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Word Origin and History for mina
n.

talking starling of India, see mynah.

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