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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun 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.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun See mina.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) Any one of numerous species of Asiatic starlings of the genera Acridotheres, Sturnopastor, Sturnia, Gracula, and allied genera. In habits they resemble the European starlings, and like them are often caged and taught to talk. See Hill myna, under hill, and mino bird.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Any of several Asian starlings of the family Sturnidae

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

  • noun tropical Asian starlings

Etymologies

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

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

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Hindi & Urdu मैना (mainā), from Sanskrit मदन (madana)

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