One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An ancient Semitic unit of weight: = mina.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in The Holy Bible, conteyning the old testament and the new. From Hebrew māneh a weight used to measure precious metals and other commodities, roughly equivalent to 500 grams; compare biblical Aramaic mĕnē, Syriac manyā, Ugaritic mn, and Akkadian manū; also Arabic mann. The ancient Greek μνᾶ is a loanword from Semitic.
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