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mineralogy

noun min·er·al·o·gy \ˌmi-nə-ˈrä-lə-jē, -ˈra-\

: the scientific study of minerals

Full Definition of MINERALOGY

1
:  a science dealing with minerals, their crystallography, properties, classification, and the ways of distinguishing them
2
:  the mineralogical characteristics of an area, a rock, or a rock formation
min·er·al·og·i·cal \ˌmi-nə-rə-ˈlä-ji-kəl, ˌmin-rə-\ also min·er·al·og·ic \-ˈlä-jik\ adjective
min·er·al·og·i·cal·ly \-ˈlä-ji-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
min·er·al·o·gist \ˌmi-nə-ˈrä-lə-jist, -ˈra-\ noun

Origin of MINERALOGY

probably from New Latin *mineralogia, irregular from Medieval Latin minerale + Latin -logia -logy
First Known Use: 1690

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