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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
1570-1580
1570-80; < Latin < Greek mnâ < Semitic; compare Hebrew māneh mina

mina2

[mahy-nuh] /ˈmaɪ nə/
noun
1.
myna.
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British Dictionary definitions for minas

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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mina

n.

talking starling of India, see mynah.

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Encyclopedia Article for minas

mina

the earliest of all known units of weight, created by the Babylonians and used by the Hittites, Phoenicians, Assyrians, Egyptians, Hebrews, and Greeks. Its weight and relationship to its major subdivisions varied at different times and places in the ancient world. In one surviving form, from the Babylonian period, the mina weighs about 640 grams, while in another it weighs 978 grams

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