Also called mineworker. a person who works in a mine, especially a commercial mine producing coal or metallic ores.
a mechanical device used in mining: a miner for extracting ores from the ocean floor.
any of several Australian birds of the genus Manorina, feeding on honey and typically having a loud call.
any of various insect larvae that create tunnels in the parenchyma of leaves.
(formerly) a person who places or lays military or naval mines.

1225–75; mine2 + -er1; replacing Middle English minour < Anglo-French (see -or2)

miner, minor, myna.
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miner (ˈmaɪnə)
1.  a person who works in a mine
2.  Also called: continuous miner a large machine for the automatic extraction of minerals, esp coal, from a mine
3.  See also leaf miner any of various insects or insect larvae that bore into and feed on plant tissues
4.  (Austral) See noisy miner any of several honey-eaters of the genus Manorina, esp M. melanocephala (noisy miner), of scrub regions

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late 13c., from O.Fr. minour, from miner "to mine" (see mine (n.); mine (v.)).
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Example sentences
Except for the explosives, the only energy deployed was the miner's own.
He built a play corral of mud and broken miner's candle stems, and placed
  inside the rocks that were his horses.
We're talking on-moon processing sites that either have to be mobile or have
  fleets of miner vehicles.
The best way to settle the question is simply to gather more evidence, and the
  miner's site may hold some clues.
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