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1mineral

noun min·er·al \ˈmin-rəl, ˈmi-nə-\

: a substance (such as quartz, coal, petroleum, salt, etc.) that is naturally formed under the ground

: a chemical substance (such as iron or zinc) that occurs naturally in certain foods and that is important for good health

Full Definition of MINERAL

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:  ore
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:  an inorganic substance (as in the ash of calcined tissue)
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obsolete :  mine
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:  something neither animal nor vegetable
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a :  a solid homogeneous crystalline chemical element or compound that results from the inorganic processes of nature; broadly :  any of various naturally occurring homogeneous substances (as stone, coal, salt, sulfur, sand, petroleum, water, or natural gas) obtained usually from the ground
b :  a synthetic substance having the chemical composition and crystalline form and properties of a naturally occurring mineral
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plural British :  mineral water
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Examples of MINERAL

  1. an adequate supply of vitamins and minerals

Origin of MINERAL

Middle English, from Medieval Latin minerale, from neuter of mineralis
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Mineralogy Terms

agate, host, inclusion, matrix, streak

2mineral

adjective

Definition of MINERAL

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:  of or relating to minerals; also :  inorganic
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:  impregnated with mineral substances

Origin of MINERAL

Middle English, from Medieval Latin mineralis, from minera mine, ore, from Old French minere, miniere, from mine
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Mineralogy Terms

agate, host, inclusion, matrix, streak
MINERAL Defined for Kids

1mineral

noun min·er·al \ˈmi-nə-rəl, ˈmin-rəl\

Definition of MINERAL for Kids

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:  a naturally occurring solid substance (as diamond, gold, or quartz) that is not of plant or animal origin
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:  a naturally occurring substance (as ore, coal, salt, or petroleum) obtained from the ground usually for humans to use

2mineral

adjective

Definition of MINERAL for Kids

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:  of or relating to minerals <a mineral deposit>
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:  containing gases or mineral salts <mineral water>
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