Definition of mynah in English:


(also mynah bird, myna)


  • An Asian and Australasian starling that typically has dark plumage, gregarious behavior, and a loud call.

    • ‘There are even a few rare records of mynas attacking people.’
    • ‘Soil can be seeded within monoculture grass, or trees can be planted widely apart so that they do not become roosts for mynas and starlings.’
    • ‘We could observe a couple of endangered hill mynas among other species.’
    • ‘Sparrows, starlings, Indian mynahs and feral pigeons rarely visit Australian gardens, which welcome an array of colourful native birds.’
    • ‘Despite my positive emotional response to talking animals, I've never taught an animal to speak, not even a parrot or a mynah.’


Mid 18th century: from Hindi mainā.