from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various starlings of southeast Asia, having bluish-black or dark brown coloration and yellow bills. Certain species, especially the hill myna (Gracula religiosa), are known for mimicry of human speech.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of several Asian starlings of the family Sturnidae
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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 The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See mina.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. tropical Asian starlings
Hindi mainā, perhaps from Sanskrit madanaḥ, from madana-, delightful, joyful, from madati, it bubbles.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Hindi & Urdu मैना (mainā), from Sanskrit मदन (madana) (Wiktionary)