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n. pl. mi·nas or mi·nae (-nē)
A varying unit of weight or money used in ancient Greece and Asia.

[Latin, from Greek mnā, from Akkadian manû, a unit of weight, from manû, to count; see mnw in Semitic roots.]


n, pl -nae (-niː) or -nas
1. (Units) an ancient unit of weight and money, used in Asia Minor, equal to one sixtieth of a talent
2. (Currencies) an ancient unit of weight and money, used in Asia Minor, equal to one sixtieth of a talent
3. (Historical Terms) an ancient unit of weight and money, used in Asia Minor, equal to one sixtieth of a talent
[C16: via Latin from Greek mnā, of Semitic origin; related to Hebrew māneh mina]



(ˈmaɪ nə)

n., pl. -nas or -nahs.
any of various Asian birds of the starling family, esp. of the genera Acridotheres and Gracula, certain species of which have the ability to mimic speech when kept as pets.
[1760–70; < Hindi mainā]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mina - tropical Asian starlingsmina - tropical Asian starlings    
starling - gregarious birds native to the Old World
Acridotheres tristis, crested myna - dark brown crested bird of southeastern Asia
grackle, Gracula religiosa, hill myna, Indian grackle - glossy black Asiatic starling often taught to mimic speech
References in classic literature ?
I shall enter here some of my notes, as they may refresh my memory when I talk over my travels with Mina.
If this book should ever reach Mina before I do, let it bring my goodbye.
At first he only scolded and grumbled these things; but yesterday he told me that I should take Mina for a wife, and settle down in a cabin with her, or he would sell me down river.
Loss of money might be an evil, but then he has none to give; perhaps he can make up a mina.
To the inhabitants of the District of Grand Pre, Minas, River Canard,
In the District of Minas alone, there were destroyed two hundred and fifty-five houses, two hundred and seventy-six barns, one hundred and fifty-five outhouses, eleven mills, and one church; and the friends of those who refused to surrender were threatened as the victims of their obstinacy.
To comply with this request of holding a few as hostages for the surrender of the whole body, was deemed inconsistent with his instructions; but, as there could be no objection to allow a small number of them to return to their homes, permission was given to them to choose ten for the District of Minas (Horton) and ten for the District of Canard (Cornwallis) to whom leave of absence was given for one day, and on whose return a similar number were indulged in the same manner.
In this manner was the whole male part of the population of the District of Minas put on board the five transports, stationed in the river Gaspereaux, each vessel being guarded by six non-commissioned officers, and eighty privates.
Some of the rocky hills are partly covered by thickets, and on the banks of the larger streams, especially to the north of Las Minas, willow-trees are not uncommon.
A new leisure destination has opened in Dubai and it's located in a very unexpected spot: Mina Rashid Port.
While designing the space, Martin Brudnizki Design Studio (MBDS) sought inspiration from European design, as well as the contemporary personality of Michael Mina and Four Seasons Hotel DIFC.
Mina had only been at the Brazilian side for a season, making 33 appearances, having joined from Santa Fe in 2016 - where he won the Copa Sudamericana.