One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A monetary unit formerly used in Greece and the Middle East, equivalent to the weight of one mina in silver. (Rendered ‘pound’ in some English translations of the N.T.).
2(A) A unit of weight formerly used in the Middle East, especially in Mesopotamia and Palestine, and in Egypt. (b) A unit of weight formerly used in ancient Greece, equal to 1/60th of a talent and 100 drachmas.
Late Middle English. From classical Latin mina from ancient Greek μνᾶ. Compare Middle French, French mine.
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