Any of various starlings found in South and Southeast Asia and on some islands of the South Pacific, most of which are bluish-black or dark brown with a yellow bill. Certain species, especially the hill myna, are known for mimicry of human speech.
Origin of myna
- Hindi mainā perhaps from Sanskrit madanaḥ from madana- delightful, joyful from madati it bubbles
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Hindi & Urdu मैना (mainā), from Sanskrit मदन (madana)