my·​nah | \ ˈmī-nə How to pronounce mynah (audio) \
variants: or myna

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Folktales and royal texts are replete with mynahs, parrots, and pigeons that adorned imperial courts and entertained wealthy families. National Geographic, "Dyed but Alive, Disguised Birds Skirt Laws and Fetch High Prices," 10 Sep. 2016

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First Known Use of mynah

1620, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mynah

Hindi & Urdu mainā hill mynah, from Sanskrit madana, a kind of bird

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“Mynah.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of mynah

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


variants: or myna \ ˈmī-​nə \

Kids Definition of mynah

: an Asian bird that is related to the starling and can be trained to mimic words

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