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mynah or myna (ˈmaɪnə Pronunciation for )

Definitions

noun

  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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