Pronunciation: ( Seph.mēn-yän'; Ashk., Eng. min'yun), [key]
—pl. min•yan•imPronunciation: ( Seph.mēn-yä-nēm'; Ashk. min-yô'nim), [key] Eng. min•yans. Hebrew.
1. the number of persons required by Jewish law to be present to conduct a communal religious service, traditionally a minimum of 10 Jewish males over 13 years of age.
2. such a group.
Pronunciation: (min'yun), [key] Class. Myth.
1. descended from Minyas.
2. being or pertaining to a gray, wheel-thrown pottery produced in ancient Greece during the early part of the Helladic period, c2000b.c.
Minyans. Also,Min•yaePronunciation: (min'yē). [key]the descendants of Minyas who inhabited Orchomenus in Boeotia and Iolcus in Thessaly.
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