munia

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English[edit]

A white-rumped munia, Lonchura striata
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munia (plural munias)

  1. Any of certain estrildid finches of the genera Lonchura (most instances) and Amandava (two species).
    • 1895, Eugene William Oates, William Thomas Blanford, Birds, Volume 3, page 88,
      It is said, however, occasionally though rarely to eat insects, and Layard has related how an individual, kept in captivity, killed and swallowed small birds (Munias), its fellow-captives.
    • 2000, Tara Gandhi, Birds and Plant Regeneration, page 76,
      Munias are smaller than sparrows; they have pointed short tails, and live in flocks, building large communal nests shared by several breeding pairs.
    • 2010, Graham R. S. Ritchie, Simon Kirby, 20: A Possible Role for Selective Masking in the Evolution of Complex, Learned Communication Systems, Caroline Lyon, Chrystopher L. Nehaniv, Angelo Cangelosi (editors), Emergence of Communication and Language, page 398,
      Okanoya (2002) argues that the Bengalese finch has a much more 'complex' song than the munia. As mentioned earlier, his measure of complexity is the song linearity. He finds that the average song linearity of the munia is around 0.8 while the Bengalese finch song has a value of around 0.4.

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Finnish[edit]

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  • IPA(key): [ˈmuni.ɑ]
  • Rhymes: -uniɑ
  • Hyphenation: mu‧ni‧a

Etymology[edit]

From the noun muna (egg).

Noun[edit]

munia

  1. Partitive plural form of muna.

Verb[edit]

munia

  1. To lay an egg.
  2. (colloquial) To let somebody wait without any good reason, to loiter or to be sluggish (normally only in irritated questions).
    • Mitä te oikein munitte siellä?
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mūnia n pl (genitive mūniōrum); second declension

  1. (plural only) duties, functions

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In Classical Latin, only the nominative and accusative are attested. Second declension neuter.

Number Plural
nominative mūnia
genitive mūniōrum
dative mūniīs
accusative mūnia
ablative mūniīs
vocative mūnia