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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.]
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(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]
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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
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(ˈmainə) noun
a small tropical bird that can mimic human speech.
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'There is a talking mynah' - the thrust came back with the well- remembered snap of the jewelled fore-finger - 'over the stables which has picked up the very tone of the family priest.
Mynahs (Acridotberes tristis) are kept as companion birds because of their talent of mimicking sounds.
Birds such as mynahs, sparrows, robins, munias and chats are captured by trappers from the suburban areas of the city." Crammed into suffocating makeshift cages the birds suffer immensely while the trappers cash in on people's emotions to com
The mynahs in my house began with a pair that made its home under the roof tiles.
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The conditions in which the animals were held caused 44 talking mynahs and three blue-naped parrots to die.
Also known as the Palawan Hill Mynah, it is one of the 10 known subspecies of Hill Mynahs and is the only one endemic to the Philippines.
The birds, called "shalik" in the native language, are commonly referred to as mynahs. One morning five years ago, Samor fed a few of them.
Let's talk about those last birds, the couriers, the peacemakers, the mynahs who've grown accustomed to their brassy cages, the ones who secretly like knowing their place in the world.
Adar lliwgar a doniol yw'r minors a'r mynahs, ond rhai powld ac yn ymladd a'i gilydd yn aml wrth hel eu tamaid ger y ty.
The Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 protects only native Indian birds like Munias, Parakeets, Peacocks, Weaverbirds, Koel, Mynahs, and Owls, which despite the ban are available for sale across the country.
There are mynahs, crows, pigeons, hud huds either lying dead on the grass or in their final death throes.