American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A varying unit of weight or money used in ancient Greece and Asia.
- n. Variant of myna.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A unit of weight and of value, originally Assyrian, but used also by the Greeks and other ancient peoples. Bronze and stone Babylonian and Assyrian standards show that there were two Assyrian minas, one varying from 960 to 1,040 grams, and the other of half that weight. The Assyrians divided the mina into 60 shekels, and 60 minas made a talent. In Athens at the time of Pericles it was, in weight of silver, 100 drachmas, equivalent to 436.3 grams, or 15.4 ounces avoirdupois, or 14 + ounces troy, and was in value about $18.
- n. One of several different sturnoid passerine birds of India and countries further east. Any species of the genus Acridotheres (which see).
- 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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. An ancient weight or denomination of money, of varying value. The Attic mina was valued at a hundred drachmas.
- n. (Zoöl.) See myna.
- n. tropical Asian starlings
- 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)
- 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)
“The lámina is also made of a clear plastic, in addition to the metal.”
“In the original, what is here translated a pound, is in Latin, mina, in value of our coin, three pounds two shillings and sixpence.”
“As part of Mr. Muhammad's Blue Revolution, the government this year chose 24 cities to become special fishery zones called "Minapolitans," based on mina , the Sanskrit word for fish.”
“A mina was a unit of currency equal to one sixtieth of a talent, or one hundred drachmae.”
“In Indonesia, the method is referred to as mina-padi.”
“ A mina was a little over £4; 60 minas made a talent.”
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“The denomination is called a mnaieion, meaning a one-mina coin, and is equivalent to 100 silver drachms, or a mina of silver.”
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