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mynah or myna (ˈmaɪnə Pronunciation for )



  1. 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

Word Origin

C18: from Hindi mainā, from Sanskrit madana

Example Sentences Including 'mynah'

A mynah bird can be trained to wolf-whistle and would probably apply his skill with the same degree of phony admiration as the male MP.
Misc (1995)
A shiny black mynah bird in a red cage just above Billy's head ordered everyone to `finish up "because it was closing time.
Ian St James Awards At the Stroke of Twelve
He dislikes most loud sounds including a mynah bird and the sound of a clarinet.
Times, Sunday Times (2004)
I reached down the mynah bird handbook to have my diagnosis confirmed.
Isabel Wolff RESCUING ROSE (2002)
I'd been told that the Electra affair was a publicity stunt, and my stolen mynah had been returned.
Isabel Wolff RESCUING ROSE (2002)
These wonderful birds are now, alas, mostly displaced by interlopers -- mynah birds and doves -- with more ordinary dietary requirements.
Richard Fortey THE EARTH: An Intimate History (2004)


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