noun \ˈmī-nə\

: a black bird from Asia that is often kept as a pet and trained to copy the sounds of words

Full Definition of MYNAH

:  any of various Asian starlings (especially genera Acridotheres, Gracula, and Sturnus); especially :  a dark brown slightly crested bird (A. tristis) of southeastern Asia with a white tail tip and wing markings and bright yellow bill and feet — compare hill mynah

Variants of MYNAH

my·nah or my·na \ˈmī-nə\

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Origin of MYNAH

Hindi & Urdu mainā hill mynah, from Sanskrit madana, a kind of bird
First Known Use: 1769

Rhymes with MYNAH


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of several Asian songbird species of the starling family (Sturnidae). The hill mynah (Gracula religiosa) of southern Asia, called the grackle in India, is about 10 in. (25 cm) long and glossy black with white wing patches, yellow wattles, and orange bill and legs. In the wild, it chuckles and shrieks; caged, it learns to imitate human speech far better than its chief rival, the gray parrot. The common, or Indian, mynah (Acridotheres tristis) was introduced into Australia, New Zealand, and Hawaii. The crested mynah (A. cristatellus), native to China and Indonesia, was introduced into British Columbia, Canada, but has not spread.

Variants of MYNAH

mynah or myna


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