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or my·nah  (mī′nə)
Any of various starlings found in South and Southeast Asia and on some islands of the South Pacific, most of which are bluish-black or dark brown with a yellow bill. Certain species, especially the hill myna, are known for mimicry of human speech.

[Hindi mainā, perhaps from Sanskrit madanaḥ, from madana-, delightful, joyful, from madati, it bubbles.]


(ˈmaɪnə) or


(Animals) 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]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mynah - tropical Asian starlingsmynah - 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
Hint sığırcığımina


(ˈmainə) noun
a small tropical bird that can mimic human speech.
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