One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A native or inhabitant of Maʿīn, an ancient kingdom of southern Arabia.
Of or relating to the Minaeans, their kingdom, or their language.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Philemon Holland (1552–1637), translator. From classical Latin Minaeus, adjective and (in plural) noun (from Hellenistic Greek Μιναῖος, adjective and (in plural) noun from Arabic Maʿīn) + -an.
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