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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A varying unit of weight or money used in ancient Greece and Asia.
  • n. Variant of myna.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The myna bird.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An ancient weight or denomination of money, of varying value. The Attic mina was valued at a hundred drachmas.
  • n. See myna.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A unit of weight and of value, originally Assyrian, but used also by the Greeks and other ancient peoples.
  • n. One of several different sturnoid passerine birds of India and countries further east.
  • n. A genus of plants of the family Convolvulaceæ, closely related to Ipomœa and Quamoclit. Mina lobata of the gardens, a native of Mexico, is a twining herb with cordate 3-lobed leaves and small flowers in scorpioid clusters, the bag-shaped corolla of which is a rich crimson when it first opens, but changes to yellow.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. tropical Asian starlings

Etymologies

Latin, from Greek mnā, from Akkadian manû, a unit of weight, from manû, to count; see mnw in Semitic roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Hindi maina "starling", from Sanskrit madana. (Wiktionary)
From Latin mina, from Ancient Greek μνᾶ ("mna"). Compare maneh, from Classical Hebrew מָנֶה ("mane"), as well as maund, ultimately from Arabic مَنّ ("mann") (Wiktionary)

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